by Rhonda Johansson, Natural News:
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a medical condition wherein the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high. Being hypertensive puts you at a greater risk of developing a heart attack or stroke. The primary way high blood pressure causes harm is by stressing out your heart and blood vessels – they have to work harder and less efficiently just to keep you alive.
Over time, this workload damages delicate tissues inside your arteries. This contributes to the formation of bad cholesterol along the tears in the artery walls, narrowing the passages where blood flows.