Aggravation of Pre-existing Hypertension After Trauma

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February 10, 2019
Edward Smith

Aggravation of Pre-existing Hypertension After Trauma

A study performed by the American Heart Association recently showed that hypertension (the medical term for high blood pressure) is incredibly common and can lead to numerous health complications. Even worse, those who already have high blood pressure could have their medical condition made worse by a traumatic accident. Worsening high blood pressure can make it even more likely that someone might have a severe medical event, such as a heart attack or a stroke. The study, performed in 2018 by the American Heart Association, found that:

  • More than 100 million adults are living in the United States with high blood pressure.
  • Between 2005 and 2015, there was almost a 40 percent increase in the number of deaths related to high blood pressure.
  • About 15 percent of these individuals have coronary heart disease.
  • More than a million people will have a heart attack due to their coronary artery disease this year.
  • Nearly 800,000 individuals will suffer a stroke this year.

These are only a few of the many complications of having hypertension. When people have high blood pressure and are involved in a traumatic event, such as an auto accident, it could make their high blood pressure even worse.

The Dangerous Complications of Hypertension

High blood pressure is one of the most common chronic medical conditions seen in the United States. There are many reasons why people might be at risk of developing high blood pressure. Some of the most common risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Other chronic medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes
  • Consuming a diet that is high in salt
  • Smoking or the use of other tobacco products

Those with high blood pressure are at risk of various deadly medical events. Some of these include:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Brain bleeds
  • Pulmonary hemorrhage
  • Atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease

It is important for those who have high blood pressure to try and keep it under control as much as possible. Sometimes, hypertension can worsen. This could occur after a traumatic accident.

Trauma Can Make High Blood Pressure Worse

Traumatic events can worsen high blood pressure that is already present. This can happen both in the acute situation and over weeks, months, and years after the event. During the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event, such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, or a slip and fall injury, the body produces a number of hormones that create a “fight or flight” response. The body’s heart rate increases, the blood vessels narrow, and the blood pressure starts to rise. While this might be a temporary increase in blood pressure, someone’s reaction to this situation could lead to long-term worsening of hypertension.

Those who are involved in a traumatic event could develop post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. This can lead to anxiety, depression, and isolation from loved ones. Those who develop PTSD, anxiety, and other chronic health conditions could create a worsening of their hypertension. This places people at risk of numerous health conditions discussed above. It is essential for everyone to make sure that their high blood pressure is appropriately treated. Even temporary spikes in blood pressure can damage blood vessels throughout the entire body.

Watch YouTube Video: Signs and Symptoms of Hypertension. This video explains a healthy blood pressure reading and provides symptoms of hypertension.

Contacting an Injury Lawyer

If an auto accident occurs, it can lead to numerous injuries and health complications. For people who suffer from high blood pressure, it could make them more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary hemorrhage. This can lead to irreversible medical complications, including death. Under these circumstances, it is a good idea to meet with a personal injury attorney in Sacramento. An injury lawyer can provide assistance by:

  • Reviewing the records from the accident to make sure that details have not been missed.
  • Ensuring that fault has been appropriately assigned following the car accident.
  • Helping families pursue damages that are related to their medical injuries, emotional distress, and pain.

Families need to know that they are not alone following a serious accident. A Sacramento personal injury attorney is here to provide much-needed assistance. Call today to learn more. You and your family could be deserving of a financial reward.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney. Having high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, lung disease, and neurological damage. A traumatic accident can make hypertension worse. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident, call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly legal advice.

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