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CHF Overview - What It Is: Part 6

6 - High Blood Pressure Causes Heart Failure

CHF: THE THREE PROBLEMS

1

You have High Blood Pressure: That means that your blood doesn’t fit in your blood vessels.

2

Leaking and collecting: Water leaks out of blood vessels and collects in places like our legs and our lungs.

3

Cramming, jamming & heart damage (AKA "Heart Failure"): The heart tries to pump blood into blood vessels that are jammed up with too much blood.  It's a strain.  It's a pain.  The heart gets damaged - That's heart failure!

Because:

Normal sized blood vessels have too much blood in them (because there's extra water).

Or:

Blood vessels have the normal amount of blood volume (amount of water).

before (normal)
Narrow & Constricted
CHF Quiz Question 23

interesting fact

High blood pressure also causes Congestive Heart Failure

but if your heart gets strained, with every single beat,
for 20 or 30 years

you can get heart failure

Each day, every one of those beats
Your heart gets a little more:

strained

stretched

damaged

Until it's strained, stretched and damaged, a lot.

And even after you have heart failure, it can get worse and worse, over time.

So take your pressure pills &
take your water pills.

High Blood Pressure happens because

High blood pressure comes from one of two things, or both:  Extra water in the blood, or constricted, narrowed blood vessels.

Leaky Pipes

For people with CHF, blood vessels are like leaky pipes.  Too much pressure, and the pipe leaks. Drip, drip, drip.
Interesting Fact:
The part of the blood that leaks out is usually water, NOT red blood cells.
That water leaks into places all over the body.
LUNGS
LEGS

Jamming, Cramming & Heart Damage (AKA "Heart Failure")

On top of that, your heart is straining to pump blood into jammed up, high blood pressure blood vessels.  115,000 times a day… for decades.
CHF Quiz Question 24
CHF Quiz Question 25

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