Cardiovascular Disease

By: Joceline Martinez

What is it?

High blood pressure is a common disease in which blood flows through blood vessels (arteries) at higher than normal pressures.

Causes

Changes, either from genes or the environment, in the body’s normal functions may cause high blood pressure, including changes to kidney fluid and salt balances, the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, sympathetic nervous system activity, and blood

Prevention

Healthy lifestyle habits can help prevent high blood pressure from developing. It is important to check your blood pressure regularly. Children should have their blood pressure checked starting at 3 years of age. If prehypertension is detected, it should be taken seriously to avoid progressing to high blood pressure.