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Who is more likely to get high blood pressure?

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High blood pressure is more likely in people with a family history of high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.

It's also more common in people who are:

If you eat foods high in salt, or use medications like NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen and aspirin), decongestants, and illicit drugs such as cocaine, you also have a higher chance of getting high blood pressure.

  • African-American
  • Older than 55
  • Overweight
  • Inactive
  • Heavy alcohol drinkers
  • Smokers

From: What Is High Blood Pressure? WebMD Medical Reference

JAMA Express : "Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure." 

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W. , Jan. 2005.  Journal of Human Hypertension

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 26, 2017

JAMA Express : "Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure." 

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W. , Jan. 2005.  Journal of Human Hypertension

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 26, 2017

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