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October 24, 2018How dangerous is high blood pressure?

There are some risk factors which can increase your chance of developing high blood pressure which you can’t control, including:

  • Your ethnicity – people from African-Caribbean or South Asian communities are a greater risk of high blood pressure
  • Family history – you’re more likely to have hypertension if members of your family have, or have had, the condition

But there are also some lifestyle-related risk factors which you can control, including:

  • Low activity levels
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Eating too much salt
  • Not eating enough fruit and vegetables
  • Carrying excess weight

High blood pressure, or hypertension, puts a considerable strain on your heart and blood vessels.  If left unidentified and untreated, over time this extra strain dramatically increases your risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.  High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke – it’s also a risk factor for a number of other dangerous conditions, including heart and kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease, vascular dementia and heart failure.

Find out about what foods you should be eating if you have high blood pressure here.

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