Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hypertension: the silent killer

Maastricht: Many patients can have long-term high blood pressure without realising it, which can cause irreparable damage to blood vessels and organs. That's what makes early detection and targeted and effective treatment so important. In his inaugural lecture in acceptance of the chair in Vascular Damage in Hypertension, professor and vascular medicine specialist Bram Kroon of Maastricht University Medical Centre+ refers to the many aspects of diagnosing, treating, and evaluating high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the pressure of blood against the walls of blood vessels and arteries. When that pressure is too high, it is referred to as hypertension. And when hypertension persists for long periods of time, it can damage vascular walls, which can in turn reduce blood flow to organs and ultimately lead to organ failure.
This is a press release of the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+).