Can Mild High Blood Pressure Be a ‘Silent Killer’?

Undetected High Blood Pressure Must be Avoided in All Cases


When it comes to high blood pressure, even a mild case can be dangerous. That’s why high blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer. When you have constant hypertension you lessen your arteries capacity to stretch. When this happens they can easily rupture and cause more problems such as an aneurysm and internal bleeding.

When your arteries are constantly stretched beyond their normal capacity, the arterial cells become loose and are no longer as tight as they should be. This allows small particles of cholesterol to become stuck or embedded. The bad thing about high blood pressure is that there are no obvious signs. Usually you don’t know you have until it is severe.

Some of us are pre genetically exposed to certain conditions such as high blood pressure. I inherited from my father. But during regular check ups at the doctor it never showed up. That’s how sneaky this disease can be. Some people don’t know they have it until they end up in the hospital with a major blockage. Even still, you should always get your regular check ups because sometimes it can be caught early.

But high blood pressure isn’t the only thing that can cause inflammation in the arteries. Things such as rheumatoid arthritis and pneumonia can also have the same effect. When arteries are inflamed particles of cholesterol can make their way into the lining. When this happens more inflammation occurs. And as more inflammation occurs more cholesterol makes its way into the lining. So you basically end up in a vicious, never ending cycle.

When cholesterol becomes embedded in the lining it ignites chemotactic factors. This in turn plays a major role in the arteries becoming hardened. This is the process by which cholesterol becomes plaque. And when cholesterol becomes plaque bad things can happen.

As you very well know, every person is different. That means your reaction to cholesterol in the artery lining will be different that someone else’s. For some this will be no big deal. They won’t experience a great deal of damage. For others it can be an all out catastrophe. It depends on your body and how it reacts to the attacks on your arteries. How your body responds will depend on your health and how frequent the attacks take place.

New plaque build up has the same affect as a blister when it is first forming. Have you every burned yourself while putting something in the oven? You know how the surface of the skin will sort of swell up and become red? After a couple of days a blister will form and then the healing process will start. Plaque is very much like that blister. Once the cholesterol is embedded in the artery it causes damage, which results in inflammation.

Sometime inflammation in your arteries can be caused by other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or infections. If this is the case, the inflammation could be what causes plaque build up in the area and not hypertension.

Plaque also has a liquid center which is another reason it is likened to a blister. This means plaque is weakest around the edges. Generally speaking your body will just reabsorb them. However, in some cases they will rupture and the liquid will be released into your blood stream.

A plaque being swollen like a blister will hinder the blood flow and even it will trap the blood with high cholesterol so the build up gets larger.

When this happens your body will do everything it can to try and repair the damage quickly. When that doesn’t happen the defense mechanisms in your body will start to go a little crazy. In some cases a blood clot will form and cause a heart attack. In other cases the clot can detach itself and cause a blockage in your arteries.

Let me briefly explain how a heart attack develops

This is how a heart attack, technically called a myocardial infarction, most commonly occurs. Blood clots are serious business and can cause major damage to your cardiovascular system. The clot can slow down or completely stop the flow of blood to the heart and tissue around it. When this happens the tissue will begin to die rapidly due to a lack of oxygen and nutrients. To avoid serious damage and prevent death, blood flow to the area must be restored as quickly as possible.

Some good news in all of this is that your body will usually deal with the cholesterol deposits and turn them into fibrotic and calcified deposits without any problems. However, old plaque can be somewhat of a challenge because it is very hard. And presently, the only way to deal with hardened plaque is to have it surgically removed. But this is only necessary if an artery is more than 75 percent closed. Otherwise blood flow won’t be as affected.

Another good news is that Omega 3 fish oil can lower your cholesterol.  Read more by clicking the link-picture in the right column

So as you can see, high blood pressure is no laughing matter. The most common cause of it is obesity and bad foods. So if you are overweight now is the time to get serious and start eating right and exercising on a regular basis.