High Blood Pressure True and False

  1. Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even when blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have it checked.

  2. Limiting sodium intake is important for reducing blood pressure, but it’s not the only one. Studies show that a diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and healthy amounts of low-fat dairy may help reduce blood pressure too.

  3. People who are slim and fit can develop high blood pressure. Being overweight is a strong risk factor for hypertension. Others include family history and race. (African-Americans, for example, are particularly susceptible to hypertension.) Certain medications—including oral contraceptives, decongestants and over-the-counter pain relievers may increase blood pressure in some people.

  4. Hypertension knows no gender. Women are more likely to develop high blood pressure after menopause: research indicates that estrogen may play a role in maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

  5. Not automatically. Eating too much saturated and trans fats, getting too little exercise and over-consuming alcoholic beverages—are associated with increased risk for High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol.

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