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High Blood Pressure - What Increases Your Risk

Things that increase your risk (risk factors) for high blood pressure include:

  • A family history of high blood pressure.
  • Aging.
  • Eating a lot of sodium (salt).
  • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic drinks a day for men or more than 1 alcoholic drink a day for women.
  • Being overweight or obese.
  • Lack of exercise or physical activity.
  • Race. African Americans are more likely to get high blood pressure, often have more severe high blood pressure, and are more likely to get the condition at an earlier age than others. Why they are at greater risk is not known.

Other possible risk factors include:

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About High Blood Pressure

You and your doctor are a team. You should ask questions about any concerns you may have, so that you understand what's going on with your health. If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, or if your doctor is, start by asking these questions: What is my blood pressure? What should my blood pressure be? What kind of diet should I follow to help control my blood pressure? How much should I weigh? Can you recommend a diet or eating plan to help me reach that weight? How m...

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Last Updated: April 05, 2013
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