What are the Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in three adults has high blood pressure. Yet, only about half of them have the condition under control. In fact, high blood pressure was a contributing factor in around 410,000 deaths in 2014 (the most recent statistics available). Knowing whether your aging loved one is at risk for high blood pressure can help you take steps to prevent problems.

Elder Care in West Palm Beach FL: Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

Elder Care in West Palm Beach FL: Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

What is High Blood Pressure?

When a person has high blood pressure, or hypertension, as blood flows through their veins it places excess pressure against the walls of the arteries. Unchecked, this can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease. It may even lead to stroke or heart attack.

Because high blood pressure often has no symptoms when it begins, a person could have it for many years without even knowing. That’s why it is important to have blood pressure checked by a medical professional regularly.

What are the Risk Factors?

There are many factors that influence a person’s risk for developing high blood pressure. Some of the risk factors are:

  • Age: With age, blood vessels lose some of their elasticity. This makes older adults more prone to high blood pressure. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says that around 65 percent of people who are 60 or older have high blood pressure.
  • Family History: People who have or had a close relative with high blood pressure are more likely to develop the problem.
  • Weight: Being overweight increases the chances for high blood pressure because it places added demands on the blood vessels to supply even more blood to tissues.
  • Poor Lifestyle Habits: There are several lifestyle habits that contribute to high blood pressure such as a poor diet, drinking too much alcohol, and being physically inactive.
  • Race: African Americans are at a higher risk for high blood pressure than people who are Caucasian.


Many of the risk factors for high blood pressure are modifiable, and elder care can help. Elder care can help your aging relative to make positive lifestyle changes that will help protect them against high blood pressure and improve their overall health. An elder care provider can prepare healthy meals that are low in sodium, which is one of the key diet recommendations associated with high blood pressure. Elder care providers can also help older adults to get more exercise by going for walks with them or driving them to group fitness classes. For those who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, elder care providers can also remind them to take medications.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in West Palm Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.