Get educated on high blood pressure

2017-05-17 06:00
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Risk factors

• Family history – hypertension tends to run in families

• Age – the risk of high blood pressure increases as you age. Through early middle-age or about age 45, high blood pressure is more common in men. Women are more likely to develop high blood pressure after age 65

• Race – high blood pressure is particularly common among black people, often developing at an earlier age than it does in white people.

• Being overweight or obese – the more you weigh the more blood you need to supply oxygen and nutrients to your tissues

• A sedentary lifestyle – people who are inactive tend to have higher heart rates,which means your heart has to work harder

• Smoking and tobacco use

• Diabetes mellitus

• Too much salt (sodium) in your diet

• Drinking too much alcohol

• High levels of stress

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