Hypertension puts strain on blood vessels and can enlarge your heart, making blood vessels clog, burst or leak, and can cause damage to your major organs.
These can put you at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, gout, vascular dementia, and problems with your vision.
But high blood pressure can often be prevented or reduced by eating more potassium.
Potassium helps to balance out the negative effects of salt and lower your blood pressure, according to Blood Pressure UK.
It advises: “To reap the benefits of more potassium in your life, try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. (A portion is about the same size as your closed fist.)
“Not only will this help to lower your blood pressure, it will also help you to avoid certain cancers, bowel problems and even heart attacks or strokes.”
High blood pressure increase the chances of life-threatening complications at any age