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Your Blood Pressure Risk Factors

Risk factors are things that make you more likely to have a disease or condition. Do you know your risk factors for high blood pressure?

You can’t do anything about some risk factors. But other risk factors are things that can be changed.

Know what high blood pressure risk factors you have. Then find out what changes you can make to help control your risk for high blood pressure. Start with the change that you think will be easiest for you.

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?
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