- Family history
Children of parents with high blood pressure are more likely to develop it as well. Heredity is a factor, but lifestyle choices allow many people to avoid high blood pressure themselves.
- Increased age
Aging increase our risk for developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Up until 45 years old a higher percentage of men have high blood pressure. From ages 45 to 64, the percentages of men and women with high blood pressure are comparable. From 65 years old and on, an increased number of women have high blood pressure.
- Lack of exercise
Exercise and physical activity are excellent for your heart and circulatory system. A sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Inactivity is also a risk factor for becoming overweight or obese.
- Poor eating habits
Diets that are high in calories, fat, and sugar and low in vital nutrients are directly linked to poor health and obesity. In addition, eating too much salt can raise blood pressure. Salt increases fluid retention which in turn increase the burden on the heart. Healthy foods have been shown to actually lower blood pressure.
American Heart Association