Health problems associated with untreated hypertension include heart attack and stroke that results from hardening and thickening of blood vessels due to high blood pressure. It also cause blood vessels to be weak and bulge causing what is called aneurysm which it rupture can cause instant death. Pumping blood against the high pressure causes the heart to overwork causing left ventricular hypertrophy eventually leading to heart failure. It also leads to kidney failure due to weakened and narrowed blood vessels in the kidneys preventing the kidneys from functioning normally. A person may also develops metabolic syndrome to include low high density lipoprotein and high insulin levels leading to diabetes. Memory loss or difficulty in understanding due to narrowed or blocked arteries that limits blood flow to the brain.
African Americans adults are at higher risk of getting high blood pressure and they often develop it due to genetics meaning it runs in the family, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking.
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