10 Causes of High Blood Pressure

The blood vessels are parts of the circulatory system that transport blood from the heart to the rest of the body. When the heart pumps blood, the blood pushes against the blood vessel walls. Blood pressure is the force of the blood against those walls. When people have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, their heart works abnormally to pump the blood throughout the body, resulting in serious complications including heart failure, atherosclerosis, kidney disease, and stroke.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one-third of the United States population has high blood pressure. Therefore, it is important for you to know as much as you can about high blood pressure or hypertension. Although high blood pressure can be controlled with regular blood pressure testing, medication and lifestyle changes, there are some conditions that can cause the elevation of hypertension. Read on to find out about the risk factors and common causes of high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Cause #1: Obesity

Approximately 70 percent of American adults are overweight. People who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk of having hypertension than people who are a healthy weight. Obesity is regarded as one of the key reasons for the rising number of people who have developed high blood pressure in recent years. Generally speaking, obesity is the result of a sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet and lack of physical exercise. In addition to undergoing regular blood pressure checks, people also need to take more physical exercise, go on a healthy diet and reduce stress levels.


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