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Risk Factors for Blood Pressure: Doctor-diagnosed Hypertension

Risk Factors

Some risk factors for high blood pressure cannot be changed, such as family history and genetics, but some can be reduced through lifestyle changes. These include engaging in regular physical activity, reducing excess weight, tobacco cessation or abstinence, and low-sodium diet. Social and environmental factors such as access to preventive health services, income, and discrimination are also related to the risk of high blood pressure. Certain medications, including over-the-counter medications, can affect blood pressure as well. Individuals are encouraged to discuss their risk factors with a physician and monitor their blood pressure regularly.

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