Risk Factors you can’t control
Though you can’t change any of the things listed below, you should be aware of the ones that apply to you. The of these factors that apply, the greater your risk for high blood pressure.
- Family history
One or both of your parents or grandparents has had high blood pressure or heart disease.
- Gender and age
You’re a man over age 55 or a postmenopausal woman.
Risk Factors you can control
There are plenty of risk factors for high blood pressure that you can control. Learn what these risk factors are from the list below, and then visit the Controlling High Blood Pressure page on this website to find out how to reduce your risk.
- What you eat
Do you eat a lot of salty, fatty, fried, or greasy foods? Do you go to restaurants or eat out frequently?
- Alcohol consumption
Do you drink more than 1 drink a day if you are a female or more than 2 drinks a day if you male?
- If you smoke or someone close to you smokes
Do you smoke cigarettes or cigars, chew tobacco, or dip snuff? Are you exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis?
- How active you are
Are you inactive most of the time at work and at home? Do you go weeks without exercising?
- Your weight
Has your doctor said that you are 15 or more pounds overweight?
- Your stress level
Do you often feel anxious, nervous, and stressed? Do you feel that you don’t have a supportive environment?