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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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Side Effects of High Blood Pressure Medications

Any medication can cause side effects, and high blood pressure (HBP) medications are no exception. However, many people do not have side effects from taking hypertension drugs, and often the side effects are mild. Still, it's important to stay informed and work closely with your doctor to manage any side effects you may have. There's no reason to "suffer in silence." Today there are more medication options than ever for managing high blood pressure (hypertension). This article lists the side effects...

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on August 23, 2012
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