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Who gets essential high blood pressure?

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High blood pressure tends to run in families and is more likely to affect men than women. Age and race also play a role.

In the United States, African-Americans are twice as likely as whites to have high blood pressure, although the gap begins to narrow around age 44.

Other factors that can raise your chances of essential hypertension include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Too little potassium, calcium, and magnesium
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Chronic alcohol consumption.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

American Medical Association. 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association.

American Medical Association. 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 25, 2019

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