What Causes High Blood Pressure? Check The Signs that Lead to Hypertension

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High blood pressure illustration (Pixabay) - Hypertension is defined as an increase in blood pressure. Although it may seem harmless, in the long term, high blood pressure can contribute to significant cardiovascular, neurological, and kidney disease.

Quoting Eat This page, hypertension is usually made by repeated reports of increased blood pressure above normal.

Secondary hypertension is caused by chronic medical conditions or medications, including sleep apnea, diabetes, thyroid/adrenal problems, kidney disease, Cushing's syndrome, and coarctation of the aorta.

Primary hypertension is the most common and most preventable type. "The cause is multi-factorial and includes genetic predisposition and environmental factors," says Dr. Darren P. Mareiniss, MD, FACEP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Here are some common signs that cause hypertension.

1. Age

Advanced age is associated with increased blood pressure. The elder is more likely to have systolic blood pressure.

2. Obesity

A high body mass can make you more likely to have high blood pressure.

3. Family history of hypertension

High blood pressure can run in families. "Hypertension is twice as common in people with one or two hypertensive parents," says Dr. Mareiniss.

Hypertension illustration (Pavel Danilyuk/Pexels)
Hypertension illustration (Pavel Danilyuk/Pexels)

4. Unhealthy lifestyle

Excessive alcohol consumption, the use of illegal drugs, and smoking are bad habits that can increase the risk of hypertension.

5. High consumption of natrium

Excess natrium, or more than 3g of natrium chloride in a day can increase your chances of developing high blood pressure.

6. Race

According to Dr. Mareiniss, some groups are more susceptible to hypertension than others, including the African-American community.

7. Stress

 Temporary stress can raise blood pressure.

8. Lack of Physical Activity

Not exercising can put you at a greater risk of developing hypertension. "Lifestyle modifications can help to treat or prevent hypertension," said Dr. Mareiniss.

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