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09 February 2010

Hypertension and your brain

One serious consequence of the damage wrought on your arteries by hypertension, is the possibility of a stroke.

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One serious consequence of the damage wrought on your arteries by hypertension, is the possibility of a stroke.

This can happen in two ways: firstly, a blood clot may form in an artery, cutting off part of the brain from oxygenated blood. This is known as a thrombotic stroke.

The second sort occurs when the increased pressure and decreased artery flexibility cause a blood vessel to burst – this is known as a haemorragic stroke.

 
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