Uncommon facts about high blood pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) does not cause symptoms in the early stages. It is usually discovered during a doctor’s visit. Symptoms in the later stages include: dizziness, headaches and nose bleeds.

Children and babies can also have high blood pressure. While many cases of high blood pressure in children are actually caused by another diseases, there are some children who just have high blood pressure for no reason. (High blood pressure is under-diagnosed in children).

High blood pressure has risk factors that cannot be controlled, such as:

  • Race (blacks have a higher incidence than whites)
  • Hereditiy (family history is a factor)
  • Age (older people are more prone to hypertension)

Some risk factors of high blood pressure can be controlled, including:

  • Obesity (overweight people have a higher incidence.
  • Salt consumption (the more sodium in your diet, the more likely you are to have high blood pressure)
  • Lack of exercise (inactive people have a higher incidence than those who are constantly moving)
  • Stress (controlling stress can help to lower your heart rate)

Sources:
health.thefuntimesguide.com
mayoclinic.org

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