(HealthDay News) -- If you're concerned about high blood pressure, it's important to know factors that put you at greater risk.
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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says high blood pressure risk factors include:
- Growing older. Of people aged 60 and up, about 65 percent have high blood pressure.
- Being black.
- Being overweight or obese.
- Being young and male. Young men are more likely than women to have high blood pressure before age 45.
- Eating an unhealthy diet, being sedentary or smoking.
- Having chronic stress.
- Having a family history of high blood pressure.
-- Diana Kohnle
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