High blood pressure should not be underestimated as it can lead to an array of health problems such as heart disease, stroke and, in severe cases, death.
To learn more about the causes of high blood pressure and how to avoid it, read our blog on Holistic ways to fight hypertension.
To help educate our readers about this topic, we’ve put together a list of common habits that could cause or worsen high blood pressure. By knowing what the causes of hypertension are, a person can effectively change their lifestyle by altering small habits to lower their future chances of contracting high blood pressure.
Lifestyle habits that cause high blood pressure:
Smoking can lead to hypertension as it temporarily raising your blood pressure, narrows your arteries and contributes to hardening and damaging your arteries.
Carrying extra weight puts your arteries, heart and circulatory system under added strain and this could lead to higher blood pressure.
A diet high in sodium (salt) like takeaways, bread and chips can contribute to high blood pressure.
Frequent abuse of alcohol can cause hypertension and lead to other problems such as heart failure, liver problems and stroke.
Studies have shown that people who frequently have to deal with stress are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure.
Not getting a good night’s rest and suffering from sleep apnea could contribute to chances of having high blood pressure.
If your lifestyle choices suggest that you could be suffering from hypertension, or you have a family history of hypertension, visit your GP as soon as possible.