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What plays a role in essential high blood pressure?

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High blood pressure tends to run in families. Age and race also play a role.

More than 40% of all African-Americans in the U.S. have high blood pressure.

Diet and lifestyle also play a big role in essential hypertension. The link between salt and high blood pressure is especially noteworthy. People living on the northern islands of Japan eat more salt than anyone else in the world. They're also most likely to get hypertension.

Many people with high blood pressure are salt sensitive. That means anything more than a minimal amount will raise their blood pressure.

From: What Is High Blood Pressure? WebMD Medical Reference

JAMA Express : "Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure." 

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W. , Jan. 2005.  Journal of Human Hypertension

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 26, 2017

JAMA Express : "Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure." 

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W. , Jan. 2005.  Journal of Human Hypertension

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 26, 2017

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