Causes Of High Blood Pressure


Causes Of High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the measurement of the intensity of the blood pumping through the blood vessels of the human body to and from the heart. High blood pressure as well as low blood pressure is not ideal for any person to have. There is actually a normal range of blood pressure on which each person’s measurement is based. This is usually dependant on age and the current health of the person. Usually it is measured in certain sites in the body. An instrument called a sphygmomanometer is used to measure blood pressure.

High blood pressure is something that usually alarms doctors because there are certain conditions and disease which are associated with it. The health of the individual is usually affected by the amount of pressure there is in the blood vessels. The pressure is measured with a monitor in systolic and diastolic pressure in accordance to a person’s heart beat.

Cause Of High Blood Pressure

Family History

The root cause of most cases of elevated blood pressure is unknown in an individual. There are factors that make a person more prone to this condition. However why this condition is present in some people is not known. There are a few cases in which high blood pressure is due to problems with the kidneys. Narrowing of arteries and a physical abnormality of the aorta may also be a cause. Genes are also a culprit in a person’s susceptibility to elevated blood pressure. Families with a history of this condition should be aware of the contributing factors of the condition to be able to prevent it from negatively affecting their lives.



Anxiety and stress

Many doctors often associate a rise in blood pressure to the mood of a person. Anger and agitation often cause high blood pressure. This is why many doctors advise a calm and non stressful life for those who have this condition.

On the other hand, a rise in the blood pressure of a person who already has this condition may result in a headache and other strange feelings.Very often however there are no symptoms with high blood pressure. This is why it is important to keep a check on your blood pressure regularly.



High Fat diet

A person’s diet may also contribute to high blood pressure as well as a person’s lifestyle and daily habits. Eating food high in cholesterol content as well as fatty foods can lead to plaque build up in the arteries resulting in the heart trying to pump more to get the blood  through the narrowed arteries.

Smoking is also a leading factor that causes high blood pressure.It causes hardening of the arteries and blood vessels which makes the pumping motion of the blood stream less efficient. 



High sugar and carbohydrate in diet

Sugar and too much carbohydrate in your diet have also been discovered to be a common cause of  high blood pressure. When the body produces too much insulin and leptin in response to a higher-carb high sugar diet, it causes blood pressure to increase.


Hyperinsulinemia raises blood pressure, by decreasing the sodium and water excretion from the kidneys, and as a result causing blood vessels to constrict and affect our blood pressure.

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