Given that high blood pressure significantly increases the risk for both heart attack and stroke, there’s no question that it’s a serious and often deadly concern. In fact, AHA researchers say that, in 2015, about 79,000 Americans died as a result, a number that represents a nearly 38 percent spike since 2005.
High blood pressure forces your heart to work harder to pump blood to the rest of your body. This causes part of your heart (left ventricle) to thicken. A thickened left ventricle increases your risk of heart attack, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.
About High Blood Pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries, which carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day.