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What is the significance of essential hypertension?

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Dr. Brian Witt
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Many organs effected

Think of high blood pressure as stressing almost every organ and vessel in the body (increases wall tension of vessels and increases plaque build-up).
It is often called the "silent killer" because usually there are no symptoms but over years can result in cardiac disease, heart failure, kidney failure, decreased circulation in feet, blindness, and stroke.

In brief: Many organs effected

Think of high blood pressure as stressing almost every organ and vessel in the body (increases wall tension of vessels and increases plaque build-up).
It is often called the "silent killer" because usually there are no symptoms but over years can result in cardiac disease, heart failure, kidney failure, decreased circulation in feet, blindness, and stroke.
Dr. Brian Witt
Dr. Brian Witt
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Long Term Things

If the blood pressure is less than perhaps 200 (on the top number - systolic) then the worries are almost all long-term issues.
Damage to the heart, kidneys, and brain are all to be expected with chronic high blood pressure. Damage to other organs often follows these 3.

In brief: Long Term Things

If the blood pressure is less than perhaps 200 (on the top number - systolic) then the worries are almost all long-term issues.
Damage to the heart, kidneys, and brain are all to be expected with chronic high blood pressure. Damage to other organs often follows these 3.
Dr. John Garner
Dr. John Garner
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