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Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

Risk factors for high blood pressure (hypertension) include:

  • Family history of high blood pressure.
  • Increased age.
  • Being African-American.
  • Inactivity.
  • Diabetes.
  • Being overweight.
  • Sensitivity to salt.
  • Drinking alcohol excessively.
  • Not consuming enough potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Last Revised August 5, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: August 05, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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