High blood pressure is a common condition that is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and vascular dementia.
Get The Facts.
- Certain factors increase your risk for high blood pressure, such as:
- Being overweight
- Having a family history of high blood pressure
- Eating too much salt
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Increasing age
- Get regular check-ups and talk to your doctor about any of your concerns
- Stay at a healthy weight or lose extra weight.
- Eat heart-healthy foods and limit sodium.
- Exercise regularly.
- Limit alcohol to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
What is High Blood Pressure?
Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension. Blood pressure is a measure of how hard the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. Your blood pressure naturally goes up and down throughout the day. When blood pressure is high, it causes damage to your blood vessel walls that worsen over time. High blood pressure is serious, but the good news is that there are many ways to manage blood pressure.
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