High blood pressure increases the pressure inside arteries, causing
Excessive pressure on the walls of vessels speeds
up hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
the brain may develop, which can lead to a stroke and bleeding inside the brain
(hemorrhagic stroke) if an aneurysm ruptures. Aneurysms are often caused by a
defect present in the muscular wall of an artery since birth.
High blood pressure can be controlled with medicines and changes in
lifestyle. For more information, see the topic High Blood Pressure.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine