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  • The risks of developing high blood pressure multiplies as we get older. Being older than 55 years is a major risk factor.
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    The risks of developing high blood pressure multiplies as we get older. Being older than 55 years is a major risk factor.

  • If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is above 23, you are at a risk of developing hypertension.
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    If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is above 23, you are at a risk of developing hypertension.

  • Women are more likely to develop high blood pressure than men.
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    Women are more likely to develop high blood pressure than men.

  • Having a family history of high blood pressure places you in a high risk category.
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    Having a family history of high blood pressure places you in a high risk category.

  • Smoking injures the blood vessel walls and speeds up the process of hardening of the arteries.
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    Smoking injures the blood vessel walls and speeds up the process of hardening of the arteries.

  • Those who have a sedentary lifestyle and don't exercise at all are more prone to develop high blood pressure.
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    Those who have a sedentary lifestyle and don't exercise at all are more prone to develop high blood pressure.

  • Those who have a diet rich in salt and eat lots of processed food are vulnerable to develop hypertension.
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    Those who have a diet rich in salt and eat lots of processed food are vulnerable to develop hypertension.

  • Certain medicines are known to contribute to hypertension. Drugs like cocaine, crack, and amphetamines also lead to high blood pressure.
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    Certain medicines are known to contribute to hypertension. Drugs like cocaine, crack, and amphetamines also lead to high blood pressure.

  • Damage to the kidneys almost invariably leads to high blood pressure.
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    Damage to the kidneys almost invariably leads to high blood pressure.

  • Other medical problems like hormonal imbalances, certain anatomic abnormalities, tumours etc. can cause a type of high blood pressure known as secondary hypertension.
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    Other medical problems like hormonal imbalances, certain anatomic abnormalities, tumours etc. can cause a type of high blood pressure known as secondary hypertension.

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