Risk Factors For Hypertension

There are risks in life. That's great when it comes to new business endeavors or other exciting life decisions, but not so much when it comes to determining your risk of having high blood pressure (hypertension).

The good news is that when it comes to hypertension, a little amount of knowledge and effort can help minimize the risk to some extent.

All in the genes

First, the bad news: sometimes risk factors are beyond your control. For example, no matter how hard you may try, you can’t control the following risk factors:

  • Age – as we age, our blood vessels harden, increasing risk of developing hypertension.
  • Family History – just like you can’t choose your family, you also can’t choose your family’s health history.
  • Gender – overall, men and women are equally at risk for developing hypertension. However, until age 64, men are more likely to develop high blood pressure. After 65, women take the statistical lead.

Other underlying conditions

Besides your genes, there are some other risk factors for hypertension that you and your doctor should watch for because they can cause (or worsen) your high blood pressure:

In your control

Now for the less depressing news. There are many factors that you have some (if not complete) control over. To name a few, you can control the following:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Stress

What you can do

Now that you know what you’re dealing with, you can make an action plan. A few small changes can add up to make a big difference in your heart health!

  • These may seem like small steps, but a lot of baby steps can go a long way and lead to a healthier lifestyle.

    If you’re concerned about your hypertension risk factors, speak with your doctor. They can help you determine your risk factors and come up with a healthy action plan.

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Article by, A&D Medical 

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