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5 Things You Need To Know About Blood Pressure That Could Save Your Life

5 things you need to know about Blood Pressure that could save your life.

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What is blood pressure?

What is High Blood Pressure?

What causes High Blood Pressure?

Am I in a high risk group for getting High Blood Pressure?

Why Should I really take my blood pressure Diagnosis seriously?

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WHAT IS "NORMAL" BLOOD PRESSURE?

There are several categories of blood pressure, including:

Normal: Less than 120/80
Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89
Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159/90-99
Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above/100 and above
People whose blood pressure is above the normal range should consult their doctor about methods for lowering it.

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known. Several factors and conditions may play a role in its development, including:

· Smoking

· Being overweight or obese

· Lack of physical activity

· Too much salt in the diet

· Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)

· Stress

· Older age

· Genetics

· Family history of high blood pressure

· Chronic kidney disease

· Adrenal and thyroid disorders

In as many as 95% of reported high blood pressure cases in the United States, the underlying cause cannot be determined. This type of high blood pressure is called essential hypertension.

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, blacks are twice as likely as whites to have high blood pressure, although the gap begins to narrow around age 44. After age 65, black women have the highest incidence of high blood pressure.

WHO IS MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

· People with family members who have high blood pressure.

· People who smoke.

· African-Americans.

· Women who are pregnant.

· Women who take birth control pills.

· People over the age of 35.

· People who are overweight or obese.

· People who are not active.

· People who drink alcohol excessively.

· People who eat too many fatty foods or foods with too much salt.

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