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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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High Blood Pressure Diet

By starting a few new food habits, including counting calories and watching portion sizes, you may be able to lower your blood pressure and reduce the medications you need to control high blood pressure. Here's how.

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