Is there a link between HBP and heart failure?
Heart failure, a condition where your heart is unable to provide enough blood to the body, can take years to develop inside your body. The narrowing and blocking of blood vessels caused by high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) increases your risk of developing heart failure.
- High blood pressure adds to your heart’s workload: Narrowed arteries that are less elastic make it more difficult for the blood to travel smoothly and easily throughout your body — causing your heart to work harder.
- Over time, a higher workload leads to an enlarged heart: In order to cope with increased demands, the heart thickens and becomes larger. While it is still able to pump blood, it becomes less efficient. The larger the heart becomes, the harder it works to meet your body's demands for oxygen and nutrients.
Don’t let high blood pressure lead to heart failure:
- Get the fact sheet on heart failure: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
- Know your blood pressure numbers
- Make changes that matter to help prevent heart failure