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Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

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

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • Little or no exercise
  • Too much salt in the diet
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Stress
  • Ethnic background
  • History of high blood pressure in the family

 

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High Blood Pressure and Drug Safety

One of the goals when you take drugs for high blood pressure is to be sure the medication is working effectively. One step toward achieving this goal is to avoid some medications. What kinds of problems might other drugs cause? Some drugs can make blood pressure rise. If you have high blood pressure to begin with, it can rise to dangerous levels. Some medications may interact with blood pressure medicine. This can prevent either drug from working properly. Here are common types of medication...

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