Heart disease is one of the biggest silent killers globally. Having hypertension (or high blood pressure) means that the pressure in your arteries that pump blood from your heart to the rest of your organs and throughout your body is too great. This abnormal blood pressure is what puts stress on the heart and causes premature death.
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High blood pressure is an issue if the systolic blood pressure (when your heart pumps) is over 140-mmHg and the diastolic blood pressure (when your heart relaxes) is over 90-mmHg. Here are 15 common causes of hypertension…
1. Excess Sodium
According to the American Heart Association, excessive levels of salt (sodium) intake (more than 1,500-milligrams per day) can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease—regardless of age, current health condition, or family history.