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Unhealthy habits that could cause hypertension

Health • by Ryno Ellis • 10 May 2018
Hypertension, or high blood pressure as it’s more commonly known, has a reputation of being a silent killer. The reason for this is that there are few to no signs indicating whether a person suffers from hypertension.

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

Smoking can lead to hypertension as it temporarily raising your blood pressure, narrows your arteries and contributes to hardening and damaging your arteries.

Being overweight or obese

Carrying extra weight puts your arteries, heart and circulatory system under added strain and this could lead to higher blood pressure.

Too much salt in the diet

A diet high in sodium (salt) like takeaways, bread and chips can contribute to high blood pressure.

Too much alcohol consumption

Frequent abuse of alcohol can cause hypertension and lead to other problems such as heart failure, liver problems and stroke.

Stress

Studies have shown that people who frequently have to deal with stress are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure.

Bad sleep patterns

Not getting a good night’s rest and suffering from sleep apnea could contribute to chances of having high blood pressure.

Check in with you GP!

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.

With GetSavvi Heath’s Primary Care Plan and Primary Care Plan + our members have access to unlimited GP visits. Click here if you’re interested in learning more about our benefits.

Sources:
http://www.bloodpressureuk.org ; http://www.heart.org

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