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Causes of high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure Overview: Symptoms, Dangers, and How to Lower It

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.

The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known, but several things may play a role, including:

Smoking

Being overweight or obese

Lack of physical activity

Too much salt in the diet

Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)

Stress

Older age

Genetics

Family history of high blood pressure

Chronic kidney disease

Adrenal and thyroid disorders

Sleep apnea

Medicines that can increase your blood pressure include:

the contraceptive pill

steroids

non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – such as ibuprofen and naproxen

some pharmacy cough and cold remedies

some herbal remedies – particularly those containing liquorice

some recreational drugs – such as cocaine and amphetamines

some selective serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI) antidepressants – such as venlafaxine

Men with normal pressure could expect to live 5.1 years longer than those with hypertension, the study found; women could plan on another 4.9 years of life. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world and high blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for this disease

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