High blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.
Aneurysms: When an abnormal bulge forms in the wall of an artery. Aneurysms develop and grow for years without causing signs or symptoms until they rupture, grow large enough to press on nearby body parts, or block blood flow. The signs and symptoms that develop depend on the location of the aneurysm.Chronic Kidney Disease: When blood vessels narrow in the kidneys, possibly causing kidney failure.Cognitive Changes: Research shows that over time, higher blood pressure numbers can lead to cognitive changes.
Health care providers work with you to develop a treatment plan based on whether you were diagnosed with primary or secondary high blood pressure and if there is a suspected or known cause. Treatment plans may evolve until blood pressure control is achieved. High blood pressure was listed as a primary or contributing cause of death for 326,000 Americans in 2006 and in 2010 it will cost the United States $76.6 billion in health care services, medications, and missed days of work.About 70% of those with high blood pressure and took medication had their high blood pressure controlled.