High Blood Pressure and Swollen Limbs

The woman sits playfully spreading her slender legs with varicose veins. As our bodies change, keeping a watchful eye on our blood pressure becomes a top priority. Keeping blood pressure in check is crucial to maintaining a healthy life. High blood pressure can have resounding effects. In extreme cases, it can cause heart problems, stroke, and other issues. But, how high blood pressure affects your limbs goes overlooked. 

If you’ve noticed swelling in your limbs, having high blood pressure may be the culprit. Here is how high blood pressure affects your circulation and what you can do to treat it.

Causes of High Blood Pressure

A common cause of high blood pressure is a high-fat diet. Unhealthy, processed foods can cause plaque to build up in your arteries. Plaque in your arteries makes your heart work harder to move blood throughout your body. The extra strain on your heart and arteries causes your blood pressure to rise.

Other causes of high blood pressure include:

  • Stress
  • Family history
  • Lack of exercise
  • A high salt diet
  • Age
  • And too much alcohol consumption

High Blood Pressure and Your Limbs

High blood pressure can be dangerous if it’s unchecked. Poor circulation caused by high blood pressure can cause your body to hold fluid and swell. Fluid retention typically occurs in the hands, fingers, and toes. But, your arms and legs can also keep fluid.

The extra fluid can cause complications such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and pain. To reduce fluid retention and avoid serious problems getting control of your blood pressure is crucial. 

Treating Swollen Limbs

Methods of treating swollen limbs vary for each case. But a key to controlling it involves lifestyle changes. For example, avoiding salty, fatty foods can help lower blood pressure and reduce fluid buildup. 

Moving the fluid around is vital also. Elevating the swollen limb several times daily and massaging the area can help move the extra fluid around.

If your limbs hold fluid as a symptom of an underlying condition, you may need a different form of treatment from a friendly, comfortable environment. 

We can help you find the most effective treatment for swelling and help you restore your health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by call Sun Vein and Vascular at (214) 556-8880.

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