The Link Between Piles and High Blood Pressure: Exploring the Relationship

The Link Between Piles and High Blood Pressure

Haemorrhoids do not have any relation to high blood pressure. Haemorrhoids are not directly tied with any of the major branches of the rest of the venous system and hence  their bleeding is not connected to high blood pressure.

Patients of piles with hypertension may experience bleeding from their haemorrhoids. However, the high blood pressure did not directly affect the bleeding in the haemorrhoids. However, while there is no direct relationship between the two conditions, there is a correlation. People who have high blood pressure often also have piles.

The reason why this happens is because certain lifestyle choices and patterns can produce both of these conditions such as being overweight or obese, having a sedentary lifestyle, consuming a diet high in salt and low in fibre and smoking cigarettes.

Causes of Piles:

Piles is a very painful and uncomfortable condition. There are several causes of piles. These include:

Strained bowel movements: When one puts pressure on the anus during bowel movements, this increases pressure on the blood vessels in and around the anus. Enlarged blood vessels are haemorrhoids.

Sitting for long time periods: Sitting continuously can cause blood vessels to lose circulation. This makes them uncomfortable and result in piles.

Diarrhoea: Diarrhoea can cause haemorrhoids to bleed due to the presence of digestive acid or bile in loose stools.

Obesity: Obesity puts pressure on haemorrhoids. The excess body weight constricts the blood vessels.

How to Treat High Blood Pressure and Piles:

If you suffer from both haemorrhoids and high blood pressure, you must take the following steps to manage both conditions:

  • Lose weight if you are obese.
  • Exercise regularly so that your blood circulation and blood pressure normalises.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is rich in fibre and low in salt.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Take medications that your doctor prescribes for you.
  • Use over-the-counter haemorrhoid creams to relieve yourself from the symptoms.
  • Go for surgery or any other medical procedures if your haemorrhoids are severe

At Chennai Laser Gastro, you will find a range of services that can help you manage both haemorrhoids and high blood pressure. Our healthcare providers have enough experience to  provide you with the right treatment plans for your unique needs. This includes lifestyle guidance, medication and surgery.

Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran