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High blood pressure can go unrecognized for years, without causing any recognizable hypertension symptoms, but still doing damage gradually.
Types of organ damage commonly seen in people with chronic hypertension include:
- Peripheral arterial disease, including bulges or outpouchings of the aorta (called aneurysms)
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Eye damage (with associated loss of vision)
- Stroke or "mini stroke" -- also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA).
(Click Effects of High Blood Pressure to find out more about these hypertension complications.)