Causes of Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, effects ⅓ of adults over the age of 20 years old in the United States. Hypertension has serious health complications, including heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, vision loss, and dementia. In most cases of essential (primary) hypertension, there is increased resistance in the arteries making it harder for blood to flow. Hypertension has several risk factors (some of which you cannot control), such as age and family history of the disease. However, many of the risk factors can be controlled by living a healthy lifestyle. Here at the Healthy Lifestyle Center you can receive consultation services aimed to help you address hypertension risk factors such as smoking, body weight, physical activity level, diet aspects, and stress.

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If you have any questions about hypertension, please schedule a medical education consultation. During medical education consultation, a medical student will sit down with you and take the time to explain everything you need to know about hypertension. Then, they will answer any questions you may have. You may also benefit from our other consults such as nutrition, exercise, or stress management to help control the risk factors of hypertension. 


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