19. High blood pressure can cause many fatal health conditions.
You may want to argue that blood pressure is just a number and does not mean anything. That is not true. The number associated with your blood pressure is one of the most important indicators of overall health because it tells how well your heart is doing its job. High blood pressure means that your heart is having to work way too hard to get blood throughout the body. While you may not experience a fatal event due to one high reading, prolonged high blood pressure can cause serious health problems.
One of these is called atherosclerosis, in which the walls of the arteries harden. The arteries’ walls need to be flexible for blood to flow freely, but high blood pressure can cause plaque to build up against them to be rigid and thicker. Blockages can then develop more quickly. High blood pressure can also cause you to be lethargic and fatigued so you do not have the energy to do the things you need to do. Managing your blood pressure – keeping it in a normal range – can help boost your energy levels.