Blood Pressure Increase – Causes

Blood pressure (BP) is the pressure of circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. Normal resting blood pressure in an adult is approximately 120 millimeters of mercury (16 kPa) systolic, and 80 millimeters of mercury (11 kPa) diastolic, abbreviated “120/80 mmHg”.

Normally, blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. Besides, some other conditions may influence your blood pressure.

Blood pressure increasing is a common situation, the causes include:

  • Aging
  • Family history
  • Obesity or overweight
  • Using tobacco.
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Too much salt (sodium) intake
  • Too much stress
  • Not being physically active
  • Having some chronic diseases including kidney disease, diabetes and sleep apnea
  • Taking certain medications, such as birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers and some prescription drugs
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