The Dangers of High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure and wound healing do not go together. Hypertension or high blood pressure is a measurement of how hard your body has to work to pump and circulate blood through the arteries. There may be no symptoms of high blood pressure, but a severe condition can bring on severe headaches, fatigue and weakness, blurry vision and even nausea or vomiting. Unmonitored symptoms can sometimes lead to heart failure.
High blood pressure, or hypertension causes blood to move through the heart’s pumping chambers less effectively, with increased pressure in the heart, which robs your body of oxygen and nutrients.
To compensate for reduced pumping power, the heart’s chambers respond by stretching to hold more blood. This keeps the blood moving, but over time, the heart muscle walls weaken and are unable to pump as strongly.
High Blood Pressure and Wound Healing
What happens when high blood pressure and poor circulation continue? This reduces much needed oxygen flow to the cells through the veins and capillaries, which regenerates and heals the cells.
Many times the kidneys react to continue high blood pressure by causing the body to retain water and sodium. (This is why you always hear to reduce the salt in your diet). The resulting fluid buildup in the arms, legs, ankles, feet, lungs, or other organs, can lead to congestive heart failure.
What Can You Do?
Remember, healing the body is something that can’t take place in our clinic with a few procedures – we have a partnership with each of our patients and are here to encourage them in positive behaviors, while working in tandem with their physician.