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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.

    • 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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    You can prevent high blood pressure and lower your odds of getting heart disease by making a few changes in your lifestyle. Follow these four tips: 1. Watch what you eat. Stay away from salt and saturated fats. Focus instead on foods that are high in fiber, calcium, and magnesium. A healthy diet consists of lots of fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. 2. Get plenty of exercise. Regular aerobic workouts condition the heart and keep blood vessels working properly. It's also wise to be...

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