What causes high blood pressure?

There are many things that precipitate high blood pressure.

Smoking and obesity are some of the most common causes; however, obesity, excessive salt within the diet and stress can cause high blood pressure as well. High blood pressure is also hereditary and certain people have a genetic predisposition towards high blood pressure.

You can lower high blood pressure through a healthy diet, regular exercise, a reduction of stress and caffeine intake, and monitoring your blood pressure at home through a blood pressure monitor. Blood pressure monitors can be bought over the counter at most pharmacies.

We suggest you check your blood pressure regularly through a healthcare provider or through one of our urgent care locations.