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HBP Patient Guide

Check. Change. Control. Causes of High Blood Pressure High blood pressure cannot be cured. It can, however, be managed very effectively through lifestyle changes and, when needed, medication. In most cases, the cause of high blood pressure is not known. In fact, high blood pressure usually doesn’t have symptoms. This is why it is sometimes called “the silent killer.” However, there are known risk factors for high blood pressure. These are conditions that are known to increase the risk for getting high blood pressure. Risk factors fall into two categories: those you can control, and those that are out of your control. Risk factors that are outside of your control nnFamily history: Just as hair and eye color can run in families, so can high blood pressure. If your parents or other close blood relatives have high blood pressure, there’s an increased chance that you’ll get it, too. This is why it’s important to get your blood pressure checked on a regular basis. The American Heart Association recommends checking at your regular healthcare visit or every two years for people whose blood pressure is in a normal range. nnAge: The older you are, the more likely you are to get high blood pressure. As we age, our blood pressures gradually lose some of the elastic quality, which increases blood pressure. nnGender: Until age 54, men are more likely to get high blood pressure than women are. But that changes as we age. From age 55 to 64, men and women get high blood pressure at similar rates. And at 65 and older, women are more likely to get high blood pressure than men are. nnRace: African Americans tend to develop high blood pressure more often than Caucasians. For African Americans, high blood pressure also tends to occur at younger ages and to be more severe. 6


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