Causes and risk factors associated with High blood pressure

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The vast majority of cases correspond to what is known as primary or “essential” hypertension. Although there is no specific cause of primary hypertension, the following circumstances are among some of those known to play a crucial role in its development:

Family tree

Family history

Pie, meat and sausage

Unhealthy diet

Sofa with a box of popcorn

Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle



Person with symbols on the head representing stress, anxiety, confusion, disorientation, headache or migraine


A pitcher of beer and a Martini or cocktail glass

Excessive alcohol consumption

All the factors above that are related to lifestyle cause the early onset of arterial stiffening.

Substantiated information by:

Antonio Coca Payeras
Cristina Sierra Benito
Dolors Estrada Raventós
Miguel Camafort Babkowski
Mónica Doménech Feria-Carot
Rosa Soriano Giménez

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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