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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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Heart-Healthy Diet and Exercise

Your doctor says you need to make some changes in your life, especially with your diet and exercise. Perhaps you're wondering: Will it really make a difference? Do you really need to make those changes if you're taking medicine for your heart? The answer is yes. Your lifestyle does matter -- a lot.

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