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