• Bloodshot Eyes? It Could Be Hypertension

    on Apr 20th, 2018

Nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension. Many are unaware that they have it and only about half have their high blood pressure under control.

Hypertension is often called a silent disease. You can have it for years without knowing it, since the symptoms are often absent or vague. Because having high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease -- the leading cause of death in the US -- getting it under control is necessary to protect your heart.

Find out the facts about hypertension and why you shouldn’t ignore symptoms like bloodshot eyes.

Understanding high blood pressure

Your arteries circulate nutrient-rich blood throughout your body. When your circulatory system is healthy, it does this with ease. When problems arise, this system must work harder to get the job done. One indication that your circulatory system is working harder is a rise in blood pressure.

As blood pressure rises, the resulting force against your artery walls causes damage and raises your risk for health problems. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk for:

Why you shouldn’t ignore bloodshot eyes

If you notice that your eyes are red after a night of poor sleep, chances are you have nothing to worry about. However, if you have red eyes most of the time, and they aren’t due to allergies, eye trauma, or irritation from things like contact lenses, it’s a good idea to look into it.

Bloodshot eyes may be a warning sign of hypertension. High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels that supply blood to your retina, the light-sensitive part of your eye. This is known as hypertensive retinopathy.

It’s important not to ignore chronic red eyes, since hypertensive retinopathy typically occurs after blood pressure has remained high for some time. Conditions that raise your risk for hypertensive retinopathy include:

Hypertension and your vision

Uncontrolled hypertension increases your risk for complications that negatively impact your vision, including:

Get screened

Coming in to one of our offices at West Coast Medicine and Cardiology is the first step to taking control of your heart health and protecting your eyes. Effective treatment that controls your high blood pressure helps lower the risk of eye complications. Dr. Suri may recommend a combination of lifestyle changes and medication to get your blood pressure under control.

During your heart disease screening, Dr. Suri checks your blood pressure and evaluates your cholesterol and other factors that put you at risk for heart disease.

Severe, uncontrolled high blood pressure can not only cause irreversible damage to your eyes, but it also raises your risk for other serious health problems. For screening and effective treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Suri by calling the office closest to you or booking online today.

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