16 July 2007

High Blood Pressure - are you at risk?

What are the risk factors for Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Risk factors are characteristics that may increase your chance for developing a condition. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop the condition. You are at increased risk for developing hypertension if you:

  • Are 60 years of age or older
  • Have a family history of hypertension
  • Are of African-American descent
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Are a smoker
  • Lack exercise or don't get enough physical activity
  • Consume excessive amounts of alcohol (on a regular basis - defined as 3 or more drinks/day for a man or 2 or more drinks/day for a woman)
  • Use oral contraceptives (birth control)
  • Have a high salt intake and low potassium intake in your diet



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