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What other factors can raise the risk of having essential hypertension?

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The majority of all people with high blood pressure are "salt sensitive," meaning that anything more than the minimal bodily need for salt is too much for them and increases their blood pressure. Other factors that can raise the risk of having essential hypertension include obesity; diabetes; stress; insufficient intake of potassium, calcium, and magnesium; lack of physical activity; and chronic alcohol consumption.

From: Causes of High Blood Pressure WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association.

American Medical Association. 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

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American Heart Association.

American Medical Association. 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

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