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Possible Causes of High Blood Pressure, Reduce Hypertension Symptoms

Updated on December 29, 2016

When an individual has high blood pressure, there is no certain reason why they may have it. But there are possible causes of having high blood pressure. It could be genetics, possibly passed down from a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, father, etc. Though it might not be genetics with some individuals, but it could come from living a bad lifestyle. There are three stages of blood pressure: high blood pressure, low blood pressure and normal. When someone has high blood pressure, there systolic and diastolic pressure may show 140/90 or higher.

Possible causes of high blood pressure - Reduce hypertension
Possible causes of high blood pressure - Reduce hypertension

Possible Causes of Having Hypertension

  • Eating pork

  • Unhealthy eating habits

  • Salty foods

  • Smoking

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Thyroid disorders

  • Obesity or overweight

  • Lack of physical activity

  • Older age

  • Drinking alcohol

  • Genetics

  • Some pregnancies

    Studies show that many Black People have a high percentage of individuals with hypertension than any other race.

    Are there ways to reduce high blood pressure? Yes there is, by being positive emotionally and physically. Reducing high blood pressure is a easy solutions if monitored often.

Definition of Hypertension

Hypertension - excessive pressure of the blood against the arterial walls; usually restricted to the condition in which the resting systolic pressure is consistently greater than 160 mm. of mercury, the diastolic pressure is over 90 mm. of mercury, and the individual complains of the symptoms of hypertension; called "high blood pressure."

Mild cases of "high blood pressure" may not show any symptoms for years. When symptoms or episodes do appear there may be: headaches, weak vision, tiredness, or shortness of breath. This is a sure indication that something is wrong physically or emotionally, which needs to be monitored.

There are several medications to help reduce hypertension; ask a doctor for medications that are specifically good for you, and that won't interfere with the medication you are already taking.

Systolic and Diastolic Pressure

Normal range blood pressure is 120/80 for adults, and low blood pressure is 100/60 or lower. With blood pressure readings the number at the top is the systolic, and the number at the bottom is the diastolic. Systolic is when blood is forced into the heart and contracted. Diastolic is the phase of the cardiac cycle in which the heart relaxes between contractions.

Possible causes of high blood pressure - Reduce hypertension
Possible causes of high blood pressure - Reduce hypertension

Tips on Reducing the Risk of Hypertension

  • Avoid eating pork and salty snacks

  • Make check-up doctor's appointments

  • Eat foods high in potassium such as bananas

  • Think happy thoughts consistently

  • Don't skip doses of hypertension medication

  • Use diet salts instead of white iodized salt

    The salts that can assist with maintaining reduced blood pressure are: Mrs. Dash, Spike, Accent, and other low sodium salts. There may be other diet salts as well, that can assist with a healthier diet. Stay healthy, be positive, and exercise regularly. High blood pressure can be put under control. It's always a good idea to try to be extremely positive in every situation and grateful. Maintain a good mood 99.9% of the time.

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    • Ann810 profile image

      Ann810 13 months ago from Sunny Cali

      Thanks. Well good for you Eric, I use precaution to avoid getting high blood pressure. Just a lifestyle of prevention could be the key.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting health article. No matter how hard I try I just can't get high blood pressure ;-)