High blood pressure doesn’t impact just your heart but can place strain on other systems that are necessary to live a long healthy life.
Let us start with your circulatory system. The circulatory system is designed to move blood from the heart allowing it to travel throughout of the body and back to the heart. As your blood travels through your via a network of capillaries and vessels.
As the blood moves through your body it drops off nutrients throughout your body and takes away waste material produces by your body. Your blood contains red blood cells which transport oxygen and hydrogen ions, white blood cells that fight infections, platelets which assist with blood clotting, and plasma which carries the nutrients and takes away the waste. Salts assists plasma to maintain osmotic pressure and buffers the blood.
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We have are now ready to move onto your nervous system. The nervous system regulates and controls the other part of the body. The one thing we need to remember is that nervous system is unable to store nutrients and thus need a constant supply of nutrients from the blood, to prevent cell death and even death.
The blood also transports chemical messengers from the endocrine system that help stimulate certain organs like the nervous system. The endocrine system contains thyroid, pancreas, gonads, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and the adrenal medulla. While the nervous system reacts quickly but the endocrine system is slow to respond but the effects take longer.
Moving on to the digestive system. The heart pumps blood through the left ventricle and the majority of the blood is moved into the abdomen, which contains your digestion organs. The digestive tract breaks down food into nutrient molecules, which can be absorbed through your small intestine. The blood moves from the small intestine to the liver where toxic substances like alcohol and other drugs. The liver produces plasma that help stores glucose after eating for release between times that you eat and destroys old blood cells.
The blood also passes through the kidneys were urine is made and excreted. Your urine is composed of material not needed by the cells such as excess salts and water.
Now we have almost made a complete circuit back to your heart but we must stop by your respiratory system. We inhale oxygen laden air into our lungs and exhale carbon dioxide. You blood exchanges carbon dioxide and replaces it with oxygen. Which starts us to the beginning of the route again.
When your blood pressure is too high you are placing additional stress to the other systems which could lead to them shutting down and death.
Getting your blood pressure under control by a combination of medication, diet, exercise, and stress reducing activities are some of the ways we can do together to improve your health and quality of life.