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What causes high blood pressure

January 30, 2013 aboutbloodpressure Causes

What is high blood pressure ?

Blood pressure is the result of the amount of blood pumped through your body by the heart and the resistance to the blood flow from the walls of your arteries. High blood pressure occurs when your arteries cannot dilate properly to accommodate changes in blood flow.

High blood pressure takes many years to develop into a disease in itself, and usually shows no symptoms at all. Until one day most people will discover they have it by having from a heart attack or suffering from erectile dysfunction.

As we all age (eventually), our arteries become stiffer and less flexible, therefore a certain increase in blood pressure is normal over the years as arteries are less flexible to variations in the blood flow.

However an abnormally high blood pressure is a real problem that leads to heart attacks and strokes. Over time, the excessive pressure on the walls of your arteries will cause damage to the arteries themselves.

Technically speaking what causes high blood pressure are excessively narrow, stiff and/or clogged arteries that cannot let enough blood be distributed throughout the body. Then the core of the challenge becomes understanding exactly what causes this narrowing, stiffing or clogging.

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