Over three million people are affected by hypertension, and though high blood pressure is treatable, it presents no outward symptoms. Many things can affect your blood pressure, including stress, a high salt/high-fat diet, and a lack of physical activity, but there are still more insidious contributors to hypertension. If you are above the age of 30, use caution with these blood pressure triggers.
3 Contributing Factors To High Blood Pressure
In 2018, there is something of a cavalier attitude held by cigarette smokers; the dangers of the habit are roundly unchallengeable yet we can still observe plenty of folks lighting up in the streets. Most people understand the lung cancer price tag attached to smoking, few are aware of how this deadly habit can spike blood pressure and contribute to heart disease.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This sleep disorder causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. The sudden drop in blood oxygen that occurs during obstructive sleep apnea increases blood pressure, straining the cardiovascular system. Many people with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk of hypertension and heart disease.
Common OTC Medications
Birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers, and some prescription drugs contribute to hypertension in certain people. Use these medications with caution and consult with your primary care physician to discuss associated risks.