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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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5 Lifestyle Tips to Lower High Blood Pressure

Want to know exactly how much certain lifestyle changes can affect your blood pressure? Here, a look at the numbers. The Change: Lose weight. The Payoff: You’ll lower your systolic blood pressure (the first number in your blood pressure results) by 5 to 20 points for every 20 pounds you lose. In fact, if you're overweight, losing as little as 10 pounds can help lower blood pressure. The weight loss goal is to get your body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9. The Change: Follow...

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