Hypertension Risk Factors

In life, there are risks.  That can be a good thing when dealing with business ventures or other exciting life decisions, but not so much when assessing your risk factors for developing high blood pressure (hypertension).

The good news is that when it comes to hypertension, a little bit of knowledge and some corresponding action can help reduce at least some of the risk.

Get control of your heart health by identifying your hypertension risk factors and minimizing them where you can.

All in the genes

First, the bad news: sometimes risk factors are beyond your control. For example, no matter how hard you may try, you can’t control the following risk factors:

  • Age – as we age, our blood vessels harden, increasing risk of developing hypertension.
  • Family History – just like you can’t choose your family, you also can’t choose your family’s health history.
  • Gender – overall, men and women are equally at risk for developing hypertension. However, until age 64, men are more likely to develop high blood pressure. After 65, women take the statistical lead.

Other underlying conditions

Besides your genes, there are some other risk factors for hypertension that you and your doctor should watch for because they can cause (or worsen) your high blood pressure:

In your control

Now for the less depressing news. There are many factors that you have some (if not complete) control over. To name a few, you can control the following:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Stress

What you can do

Now that you know what you’re dealing with, you can make an action plan. A few small changes can add up to make a big difference in your heart health!

  • These may seem like small steps, but a lot of baby steps can go a long way and lead to a healthier lifestyle.

    If you’re concerned about your hypertension risk factors, speak with your doctor. They can help you determine your risk factors and come up with a healthy action plan.