The Cause Of High Blood Pressure

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When your heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood through your body's arteries, veins and capillaries. Blood pressure is the result of two forces working together. First, blood is pumped out of the heart and into the arteries. This is called systolic blood pressure. When the heart rests between beats, this is called diastolic pressure.

High blood pressure is caused by several different factors, which vary from person to person. In many cases, it is caused by excessive emotional or physical stress. It can also be caused by plaque that clogs arteries, often because of high cholesterol levels. A dangerous condition occurs when high blood pressure is caused by hardening of the arteries, making it difficult for the blood vessels to dilate. Don't ignore the big five risk factors for hypertension: family history, diabetes, high cholesterol, alcoholism, and stress.

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