When you have high blood pressure, there is an increased force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. The greater the force, the higher your blood pressure numbers may be. This rise in pressure may be related to many controllable and uncontrollable factors. Your diet, lifestyle, genetics, and other contributing diseases can all affect your blood pressure level.
Dangers of High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is estimated to affect one in every four Americans over 60 years of age. Anyone can develop high blood pressure, and many cases go unnoticed due to a lack of symptoms or warning signs. For this reason, it is especially important to take action and manage your blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to other serious health problems, such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.
There are many steps you can take to control/prevent high blood pressure. Knowing your risk factors, and what you can control, is key.Risk factors you CAN control are:
- Your medication. Talk with your doctor about any medication you are currently taking, and the risk of increased blood pressure.
- Your health. Certain health problems may increase blood pressure, such as Chronic kidney disease, Adrenal and thyroid disorders.
- Your habitat. Lack of physical activity, high alcohol consumption, high sodium diet, smoking and high stress level can all lead to a greater risk of heart disease.
Risk factors you CAN NOT control are:
- Your age. The older you are, the higher your risk of increased blood pressure.
- Your race/ethnicity. Certain ethnicities, such as African Americans, have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure at an early age.
- Your Family History. High blood pressure can run in families. Know your family history and take preventative measures early on if you are at risk.