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Causes Of High Blood Pressure

Causes Of High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure can be caused by any number of factors in a person’s life or by many factors all adding together. However, the hard truth is that if you don’t control your blood pressure, it can lead to many serious medical conditions, including heart attack and stroke. By understanding the causes of high blood pressure, you can learn how to prevent your levels from exceeding the normal range and therefore promote in yourself and your family a healthier overall lifestyle.

One of the major causes of high blood pressure is cholesterol. In most cases, a person with higher than normal cholesterol levels will also suffer from high blood pressure. This is due to the fatty deposits left on the artery walls from the cholesterol in your blood stream. The body actually needs no cholesterol, since it produces enough on its own, but the foods we eat often introduce more into our body. When no more can be absorbed into the blood stream, the cells deposit fat onto the walls of the arteries. This fat turns to a hard plaque, making our blood vessels smaller and smaller over time. The same amount of blood needs to flow through these smaller spaces, creating a higher blood pressure.

Stroke – Two strokes in Two Years double the risk of Dying Sooner - Mexican Americans at Risk

aStroke – Two strokes in Two Years double the risk of Dying Sooner - Mexican Americans at Risk

If a person that has survived a stroke has another stroke, they double their chances of dying in the next two years. Researchers from the University of Michigan Stroke Program also found that the fastest-growing groups of stroke sufferers in the United States are Mexican-American Latinos are more likely to suffer a second stroke within two years after they survived the first one.

The researchers stress to doctors how important “secondary prevention” is in survival rates of stroke survivors.

“This finding completes a picture that has been taking shape through research on ethnic differences in stroke,” said lead author Lynda Lisabeth, Ph.D. “We know that Mexican-Americans have a higher overall risk of stroke, tend to have strokes starting at younger ages, and generally have a better chance of surviving their first stroke, compared with non-Hispanic whites. Now, by finding this higher rate of recurrence, we have a better idea of the overall burden of stroke in this population.”

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