why blood pressure matters

High blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) puts your health and quality of life in danger
Left uncontrolled or undetected, high blood pressure can lead to:

See an infographic of how HBP damages your bodyHeart attack — High blood pressure damages arteries that can become blocked and prevent blood from flowing to tissues in the heart muscle.
Stroke — High blood pressure can cause blood vessels in the brain to burst or clog more easily

Heart failure — The increased workload from high blood pressure can cause the heart to enlarge and fail to supply blood to the body.
Kidney disease or failure — High blood pressure can damage the arteries around the kidneys and interfere with their ability to effectively filter blood.
Vision loss — High blood pressure can strain or damage blood vessels in the eyes

Sexual dysfunction — This can be erectile dysfunction in men or lower libido in women.
Angina — Over time, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease or microvascular disease. Angina, or chest pain, is a common symptom.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) — Artherosclerosis caused by high blood pressure can cause a narrowing of arteries in the legs, arms, stomach and head, causing pain or fatigue

When your blood pressure is too high for too long, it damages your blood vessels — and LDL cholesterol begins to accumulate along tears in your artery walls. This increases the workload of your circulatory system while decreasing its efficiency. As a result, high blood pressure puts you at greater risk for the development of life-changing and potentially life-threating conditions.