If your doctor has told you that you have high blood pressure and you’re tempted to just ignore it, bad idea.

Here are the top ten risks of ignoring high blood pressure:

Risk Factor #1) Artery Damage. Arteries can harden and thicken under excessive pressure.

Risk Factor #2) Aneurisms. An aneurism is when an artery in the brain balloons outwards. Aneurisms aren’t always a problem by themselves. What they can lead to is very serious – a stroke.

Risk Factor #3) Stroke. A stroke happens when a clot impedes blood flow to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. Reducing your blood pressure by as little as 5-6mmHg can lower your stroke risk factor by up to 40%. Strokes are very serious business – they’re the third most common cause of death in Western societies.

Risk Factor #4) Heart attack. With your heart working overtime fighting high blood pressure, it gets bigger. This increases your chances of having a heart attack. Heart attack is the most common cause of death in the West.

Risk Factor #5) Congestive heart failure. This happens when your heart becomes too weak or stiff to work efficiently. By lowering your blood pressure by as little as 5-6mmHg you can decrease your risk of heart failure by as much as 15-20%.

Risk Factor #6) Blindness. The extra pressure on the tiny blood vessels in our eyes can cause damage to the retina and blindness.

Risk Factor #7) Kidney failure. The kidneys can lose their ability to clean our blood, causing potentially lethal levels of fluids and toxins. Frequently there are no symptoms until kidney efficiency is down by over 75%. Kidney failure can require regular dialysis (intravenous blood filtering by a machine) or even a transplant operation – assuming a matching donor can be found.

Risk Factor #8) Metabolic syndrome. In ways that are not fully understood, high blood pressure can be associated with high insulin levels, fat accumulation around the waist and good/bad cholesterol imbalances.

Risk Factor #9) Mental Problems. High blood pressure has been associated with: confusion, headache, convulsions, and dementia. It can even affect even the things we take for granted, such as the ability to think, remember and learn.

Risk Factor #10) Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction, ED). In a cruel irony, both high blood pressure and the drugs used to treat it can lead to erectile dysfunction.

So there you have it – the top 10 risks of ignoring high blood pressure.

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Author's Bio: 

Andy Krals is the creator of numerous naturopathic medical programs, including The Breathtaking Nature Method, available at http://lowerbloodpressuredrugfree.com/