Are You at Risk for Hypertension?
The medical community seems to love complex language, and if you’re not familiar with all the medical jargon, you may be taken off guard when you hear a term like hypertension. While hypertension may seem complicated, it’s really just a medical term for high blood pressure.
Hypertension occurs when your heart pumps more blood than normal, leading to a rise in pressure and a narrowing of your arteries. This can cause serious problems, but you may not know it’s happening. That’s why it’s very important to have your blood pressure checked regularly by a medical professional. If you develop severe hypertension, you may experience headaches, changes in vision, nosebleeds, vomiting, or disorientation. Otherwise, you’ll likely have no symptoms.
Some people are at a higher risk of developing hypertension and should have their blood pressure taken more often, at least once a year. Because hypertension can be very serious and cause long-lasting effects on your health, you should pay attention to your risk factors.
In no particular order, here are the top ten risk factors for developing hypertension.
- Getting older (after 45 for men and after 65 for women)
- Stress and anxiety
- Family history
- Race (African Americans have a higher risk of developing hypertension)
- Obesity, weight gain, or lack of physical activity
- Poor diet (heavy in sodium and low in potassium and vitamin D)
- Drinking alcohol (more than two drinks per day for men, one drink for women)
- Other health conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, and sleep apnea
Hypertension is a very common ailment that many Americans will experience at some point in their lives. But just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s not potentially dangerous. Serious cases can result in heart failure, heart attack, an aneurysm, weakened kidneys, stroke, or metabolic syndrome, which affects your metabolism.
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