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Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

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    Although the exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown, there are several factors and conditions that may increase risk.

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    Prehypertension: Are You at Risk?

    In prehypertension, the systolic (top number) reading is 120 mmHg-139 mmHg, or the diastolic (bottom number) reading is 80 mmHg-89 mmHg. Prehypertension is a warning sign that you may get high blood pressure in the future. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and kidney failure. There's no cure for high blood pressure, but there is treatment with diet, lifestyle habits, and medications. We know that starting as low as 115/75 mmHg,...

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    Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on September 20, 2014
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