10 causes of high blood pressure

2. Sedentary lifestyle

A lack of exercise is also considered an important risk factor for developing cardiovascular diseases. Exercise helps to control blood pressure, weight, strengthen the heart and even relieve stress levels.

The American Heart Association recommends exercising with a moderate to vigorous activity at least 40 minutes, 4 days a week.

3. Eating salty food

Sodium (the main mineral contained in the salt) is a mineral which is necessary for the proper functioning of the human body. However, when a person has extra sodium in the bloodstream, it pulls water contained in other tissues of the body into the blood vessels, which in turn increases the volume of blood that the heart must pump. This increases the force that must be performed by the heart.

When a person continues to consume high levels of salt, the volume of blood remains high, causing severe problems for the heart and blood vessels.

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High blood pressure - eating salty food
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About Dr Aury Perozo 17 Articles
Aurelysmar Grimán Perozo is a doctor from the Centroccidental University "Lisandro Alvarado", with a diploma degree in occupational medicine, and certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), and advanced electrocardiography. In addition to her work as a doctor, she also writes as a freelancer in medical research.

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