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What are the factors that cause hypertension?

Although there are no clear causes as such, hypertension or High BP is majorly a lifestyle disease that is related to sedentary life, poor diet, obesity, lack of exercise, and even genetics.

What are the health issues associated with hypertension?

Severe conditions like kidney diseases, ischemic heart disease, Atherosclerosis, heart failure, eye disease, and strokes are correlated to hypertension.

How can I reduce hypertension?

By making simple yet effective changes to your lifestyle. You can start by

  • Getting yourself checked and consulting a cardiologist
  • Exercising to reduce excess weight
  • Quitting smoking, if you have the habit
  • Reducing your salt intake
  • Following the DASH diet
  • Taking the right medication
  • Practising Stress relief

Do hypertension drugs have any side effects?

As is the case with all medications, hypertension drugs have side effects too. Typical effects include headaches, low potassium levels, fatigue, nausea, and overall weakness. None of these are serious though.

What are the dietary changes to be made to control hypertension?

One should try switching to a DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. It’s basically a combination of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, all consumed in daily pre-set servings.

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