- inactivity -- People who aren’t regularly active have a 20 to 50% increased risk of developing high blood pressure.
- overweight and obesity -- Excess weight puts a lot of extra stress on your heart and arteries. It not only raises your blood pressure, but makes you more prone to other diseases as well.
- diet -- Many different elements of your diet can affect your blood pressure -- including eating too much salt, drinking too much alcohol, and having a poor diet in general.
- smoking -- Each time you smoke a cigarette, it causes an immediate and significant rise in your blood pressure. Over time, smoking can severely damage your blood vessels.
- stress -- One of the ways your body responds to stress is by raising your blood pressure to handle the situation causing your stress. Unmanaged and ongoing stress can keep your blood pressure high.
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Intermountain Healthcare answeredThere are factors that have been proven to increase your risk for developing high blood pressure.