If you talk to most people about high blood pressure, they know that it is a potentially serious threat to their health. They know that it can lead to heart damage, and a host of other health problems, although they may not be able to rattle them off the top of their head.
On the other hand, if you talk to most people about sleep apnea, they don’t know what it is, let alone the major health threat it can pose.
High Blood Pressure Risks
Although people know that high blood pressure is bad for them, they may not know what dangers it may cause. That’s why our infographic focuses on some of the more serious risks of high blood pressure.
High blood pressure can increase your risk of cardiovascular problems. It can stress your heart, which increases your risk of heart failure. It can also increase your risk of two different types of stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs when arterial plaque breaks off and is borne to the brain where it blocks the small blood vessels there. High blood pressure can break off more plaque and increase this risk. It can also cause a hemorrhagic stroke, in which a blood vessel breaks in the brain, and the blood pools, putting pressure on the brain that clamps tiny blood vessels shut.
High blood pressure can also damage many areas of the body where delicate blood vessels are vulnerable. For example, the eye, where tiny blood vessels under the retina can swell or break, causing the loss of vision. Your kidneys filter your blood, and high blood pressure can damage the filters, making them less efficient, which can ultimately lead to kidney failure. High blood pressure can also damage sexual organs, leading to erectile dysfunction and even decreased libido.
The chemical effects of high blood pressure can also cause your body to leach calcium from your bones, leading to lost bone density. And sometimes the treatment of high blood pressure can also be harmful. Several high blood pressure medications can lead to depression.
Sleep Apnea Shares These Risks
Sleep apnea has all the same risks as high blood pressure and more. That’s partly because sleep apnea can be an independent cause of high blood pressure. In fact, sleep apnea is more likely to trigger high blood pressure that doesn’t respond to treatment.
The good news is that treating sleep apnea in many cases can also be used to bring down high blood pressure, even in cases where medication wasn’t working.
Why an Infographic?
So why would we want to share this information in an infographic. There are many benefits to an infographic in this case. First, it’s very clear and easy to read. For people who may not have this information clear in their mind, the infographic lays it out very well.
Second of all, not everyone likes to read. Shocking, we know. But for people that don’t like to read a lot, this infographic gives them another way to find the information.
Finally, people might be more likely to share an infographic with friends and family. That helps spread the information so that more people can benefit.