Inside High Blood Pressure.......

By shoulders Latest Reply 2011-12-24 07:03:51 -0600
Started 2011-08-09 22:46:17 -0500

When you have high blood pressure, blood is pumping against your artery wall with too much force. Over time, this damages your arteries. The force of blood pushing on the arteries overstretches the walls. This causes weak spots in the lining that may split open completely or tear. When an arteries tear, scar tissue forms. This makes it easier for fatty buildup called plaque to collect and narrow the arteries. Blood has trouble flowing throuh narrow arteries, putting even more pressure on artery walls. With high blood pressure, your arteries can eventually become completely blocked, cutting off all blood to your heart or brain and leading to a heart attack or stroke.

11 replies

berrykins0 2011-12-24 07:03:51 -0600 Report

thanks for information on this i have high bp myself.the thyriod controls your bp an heart too. surfed web how i found this out.

AuntieBear 2011-12-24 03:10:36 -0600 Report

Thank you for explaining this. I am usually just told my heart pumps the blood with too much force and if I don't get it under control I will have a stroke. My new doctor is actually taking time to explain stuff to me, but I have so much wrong and so many questions we haven't got to HBP yet. Hopefully on this next appointment which is Dec. 27 I can get more info on what is going on in mychest. I am wondering if there is more than HBP going on as it has a tendency to get a "funny" feeling that doesn't feel good, but doesn't hurt. Just doesn't feel like it should be feeling that way. Don't know if that makes any sense to whoever reads this. Hope someone understands.

EdNorton2 2011-08-26 22:57:15 -0500 Report

That's a real good post! The major problem that I've experienced lately, have had HBP for about 12 years, is the meds start working too well… Last time my Nephrologist's nurse couldn't get a reading, (she actually did, but my pressure was really low) but the MD got the same low reading. That doc took me off my HBP meds… two weeks later saw my GP and sure enough it was up there again. Next time I see the kidney doc? Just like a merry-go-round. Beats the alternative, I guess… Have a great one!

SlatonLeo 2011-08-11 09:49:26 -0500 Report

Thank you for the information. I too knew HBP is not good, but did not know how much damage could be caused by it. I was diagnosed 25 years ago and have taken meds ever since, some with success. It seems that after a few years, and sometimes months you have to change meds or the dosage because eventually my BP starts climbing again. I dearly would like to stop taking them, but I know how bad I feel when I don't so until there is another means to lower BP I guess I will take them.
The probem is that some of the meds cause severe dizzines. so you have to use somw wisdom in which ones to take and what time of day to take them. I am taking diovan 320 mg with hct25mg for now in the morning and verapilmil at around noon to lessen the dizziness. So far so good, at least it is working for me.
I was taking metformin 500mg until the dizziness became unbearable, I was in bed all the time and that is not goodeither, so I stopped the metformin and watch what I eat, execise when I can. That has helped too.
So the real answer is healthy eating and exercise.

HeartHawk 2011-08-14 00:01:57 -0500 Report


I am curious. Did your doc tell you to stop the metformin? If so, was it becasue he thought you could control your diabetes through diet and exercise or simply that he thought your dizziness was in part form low blood sugar?


Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-08-11 09:13:00 -0500 Report

I too did not know this, even my dr has never mentioned that my high BP could be causing more damage to my heart.

berrykins0 2011-08-11 09:05:38 -0500 Report

thank you for the information on high blood pressure. i have read some i didn't know about. i have high blood pressure on med for it of course. but didn't know the damage it could do.

HeartHawk 2011-08-10 23:00:08 -0500 Report


Yup, that pretty much sums it up. High BP can pound the heck out of your arteries causing damage and even higher BP. You gotta do whatever it takes to control your BP!


TexasHoney1955 2011-08-11 13:46:35 -0500 Report

I have known this for sometime as my parents and my new husband were diagnosed with high blood pressure…my parents both died after having heart by-pass surgeries and my new husband has experienced 2 strokes…because of this history in my family , I have learned to eat healthier and to get more exercise each day…