The Risk Factors of Hypertension

The Risk Factors of Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is now one of the common diseases people developed. There are a number of risk factors that have now been associated with hypertension, here we identify some of the most common risk factors.

Family History

In most cases, individuals with relatives who have suffered from hypertension are at a risk of developing high blood pressure. 

Gender

From the latest research conducted, it has been noted that both men and women aged 45-64 have similar rates of developing hypertension. At the age of below 45 years, the men are at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure than women, while women aged 65 and above also have got a higher risk of developing hypertension than men of the same age. 

Age 

High blood pressure is more common among the elderly people compared to teenagers. For example, it has been found that at the age of 45, more men are likely to develop hypertension. Women also stand a higher risk of developing hypertension after 65 years.

Excess Weight

Individuals suffering from obesity have been identified to stand a higher risk of hypertension. This is because when you are overweight, then your body will need more blood to adequately supply nutrients and blood to all parts of the body. This means that a higher volume of blood will circulate through the blood vessels, increasing the pressure on the artery walls, which brings about high blood pressure.

Use of Tobacco 

The use of tobacco like smoking and chewing has also been identified as one of the key risks of hypertension. The chemical in tobacco will temporarily raise your blood pressure and damage the linings of the artery walls. As such, the walls will become thicker, which increases blood pressure. Indirect use of tobacco (second-hand) also increases blood pressure.

Excessive Use of Alcohol

Too much drinking of alcohol has always been associated with damaging the heart. For example, you are likely to suffer from stroke, heart failure, and arrhythmia. This may cause your blood pressure to rise at a higher rate. Besides this, heavy drinking has also been associated with obesity and cancer among others.

Lifestyle & Diet

Apart from the above risk factors, the other hypertension risk factors include lack of physical exercise, stress, and use of too much salt in your diet. Not managing stress, eating too much salt all restrict the blood vessels and thus increases the pressure. Exercise helps to keep blood circulating and so much more. 

If any of these risk factors apply to you, contact us at Heal Within®(Group). We’ll help get you on the right track!

Cassandra Chong