You are more likely to develop high blood pressure if your parents or siblings have had hypertension. You may also pass the risk factor to your own children. That's why it is important for everyone to get regular blood pressure checks done. You cannot control hereditary but you can take measures to lower other modifiable risk factors.
Too much alcohol
Alcohol consumed in moderation is ok but heavy and regular use of alcohol can increase blood pressure. It can also lead to stroke, produce irregular heartbeats and cause heart failure. High alcohol intake can contribute to high triglycerides, cancer, obesity, alcoholism, suicide and quote often accidents.
Eating a lot of sodium
Too much salt (sodium) in diet is a major cause of increased blood pressure in salt sensitive people. A high salt diet upsets the natural sodium balance of the body, causing fluid retention which increases the blood pressure.
Obesity calls for a host of diseases and being overweight increases your chances of developing high blood pressure too.
A sedentary lifestyle contributes to obesity and developing high blood pressure. Physical inactivity increases the chance of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
Being under stressed situation can temporarily increase the blood pressure. People who remain under stress may tend to overeat or eat junk, put off physical activity, drink more alcohol and smoke - all this eventually leads to high blood pressure.
Smoking also temporarily raises the blood pressure and increases risk of damaged arteries and speeds up the process of hardening of the arteries.