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Your High Blood Pressure Risk Factors

Risk factors are things that make you more likely to have a disease or condition. Do you know your risk factors for high blood pressure? You can’t do anything about some risk factors. But other risk factors are things that can be changed. Know what high blood pressure risk factors you have. Then find out what changes you can make to help control your risk for high blood pressure. Start with the change that you think will be easiest for you.

Risk Factors You Can’t Control

Though you can’t change any of the things listed below, check off the ones that apply to you. The more boxes you check, the greater your risk for high blood pressure.

Family History

Image of block  One or both of your parents or grandparents has had high blood pressure or heart disease.

Gender and Age

Image of block  You’re a man over age 55 or a postmenopausal woman.

Risk Factors You Can Control

There are plenty of risk factors for high blood pressure that you can control. Learn what these risk factors are and then find out how to reduce your risk. Check the ones that apply to you.

Food

Cigarettes

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Image of block  What You Eat 

Do you eat a lot of salty, fatty, fried, or greasy foods?

Image of block  If You Smoke  

Do you smoke cigarettes or cigars, chew tobacco, or dip snuff?

Image of block  How Active You Are 

Are you inactive most of the time at work and at home?

Image of block  Your Weight 

Has your doctor said that you are 15 or more pounds overweight?

Image of block  Your Stress Level  

Do you often feel anxious, nervous, and stressed?

Online Medical Reviewer: Foster, Sara, RN, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 3/8/2014
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