Causes & Prevention

Why do you get hypertension? And how can this be prevented? That's why this chapter is about the causes.

What causes high blood pressure?

In most cases, the development of hypertension is not based on a single cause, but several risk factors play a role. In addition to a hereditary component are fat metabolism disorders, obesity, smoking, improper eating habits and alcohol consumption causally involved.

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Is high blood pressure hereditary?

The development of high blood pressure usually depends on several factors. Among them, a hereditary component also seems to play a role. For example, children with high blood pressure parents are at an increased risk of later developing high blood pressure themselves.

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Can obesity be the cause of my hypertension?

Yes, obesity is one of the influenceable risk factors for the development of hypertension. As the weight increases, so does the risk of elevated blood pressure.

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Can one prevent hypertension by decreasing it?

Trendy yes. By reducing obesity, you can at least greatly reduce your individual's risk for high blood pressure.

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What does stress have to do with the development of hypertension?

People who are permanently under pressure, either professionally or privately, have activation of their sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system also regulates stress hormones such as adrenaline or cortisol. This means that the body is in constant alert and ready to perform at its peak. This is unhealthy in the long run.

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Why do women often get hypertension after menopause?

This is due to the hormonal changes that are heralded by the menopause. Women produce significantly fewer female sex hormones, the estrogens, after menopause.

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Hypertension due to stress: what to do?

If stress can be identified as the cause of high blood pressure, it is important to determine when stressful situations occur and whether they can be influenced.

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My stress level can not be lowered - what should I do to influence my high blood pressure?

If it is not possible to influence chronic stress externally, you should nevertheless provide physical and mental relaxation if this is possible. Sport, relaxation techniques and even time for rest and relaxation counteract the daily stress.

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What do elevated blood lipid levels have to do with hypertension?

There is an indirect correlation between elevated blood lipid levels (cholesterol, triglycerides) and hypertension. You have to think a little bit around the corner:

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What should one do if the increased blood pressure does not decrease despite weight loss?

If the overweight risk factor is eliminated and it does not affect blood pressure positively, other factors may play a role. It could be caused by hereditary components, lipid metabolism disorders and stress.

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Does the anti-baby pill cause hypertension?

Yes, that is possible, because the female sex hormones influence the blood pressure.

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Can hyperthyroidism cause hypertension?

Yes, an overactive thyroid gland with increased thyroid hormone production can lead to hypertension.

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How are thyroid and hypertension related?

Thyroid and high blood pressureThe thyroid gland forms important hormones that affect the body's metabolism and also blood pressure.

Especially with an over-, but also under-function of the thyroid, the blood pressure can be increased.

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Why do more men than women have hypertension?

In fact, men are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure than women. In the 18- to 79-year-old age group, 44% of women are affected by hypertension and 51% of men.

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Can high blood pressure also occur if I have been taking the birth control pill for years?

Yes, even after years of contraception with the birth control pill, hypertension can occur. This means in most cases that the intake of the "pill" should be stopped.

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Is there a correlation between body weight and high blood pressure?

Yes, body weight is related to the risk of developing high blood pressure. For while "only" a good quarter of normal-weight people develop hypertension, the excess obesity rate rises to more than 60%. In obesity, the incidence increases to 75%.

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