Risk factors for high blood pressure

Risk factors for high blood pressure (hypertension) include:

  • Family history of high blood pressure.
  • Increased age.
  • Being African-American.
  • Inactivity.
  • Diabetes.
  • Being overweight.
  • Sensitivity to salt.
  • Drinking alcohol excessively.
  • Not consuming enough potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

Last Updated: August 25, 2008

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