High blood pressure is a silent epidemic in the U.S. Obesity, poor diet and large amounts of sodium contribute to this problem, and the elderly are at risk for problems, especially if the diet has been poor over the course a long lifetime.
There are many dangers to high blood pressure, including kidney and heart disease. The pressure can cause problems in the blood vessels themselves, causing them to become weak. When this happens, an aneurism may develop, which can lead to a rupture. This rupture can occur anywhere in the body, but can be devastating if it’s in the brain or a major artery.