- Race – African-Americans develop high blood pressure more often than Anglo-Americans, and it tends to occur earlier and be more severe.
- Gender – men are more likely to develop high blood pressure than women.
- Age – high blood pressure occurs most often in people over the age of 35.
- Obesity – people who weigh 30 percent or more above their ideal body weight are more likely to develop high blood pressure.
- Sodium sensitivity
- Alcohol consumption
- Oral contraceptives
- Physical inactivity
- Certain drugs such as diet pills or amphetemines
In the remaining 10 percent of all cases, high blood pressure is attributed to kidney disease, a hormonal imbalance, a narrowing of the artery to a kidney, a tumor of one of the adrenal glands, or some other anatomic or physiologic abnormality. These cases are called “secondary hypertension,” and usually disappear when the problem is controlled.
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