Causes of High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure Cause Versus Risk Factors

While not specific causes of high blood pressure, certain traits can increase a person's chance of developing it. These factors are known as high blood pressure risk factors and include:
  • Having diabetes
  • Being a male over the age of 45 or a female over the age of 55
  • Being overweight
  • Eating a lot of salty foods (see Salt and High Blood Pressure)
  • Being of African-American descent.
Although more men have high blood pressure than women, women do increase their risk of the disease if they take birth control pills.

What Makes High Blood Pressure Worse?

High blood pressure can be made worse by different things. A few factors that can worsen the disease include:
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