Is high blood pressure hereditary?
One in three Americans is given a diagnosis of high blood pressure or hypertension. Many people grapple with the diagnosis for a number of reasons — they’re asymptomatic, they lead an active lifestyle, and eat a healthy diet. So, the obvious question for these individuals would be is high blood pressure hereditary?
High blood pressure often runs in families. The genetic influences that play a role in developing high blood pressure are complex and are probably the result of many genetic variations and mutations that can be passed down from one generation to another. If your father or mother or other closely related blood relatives have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you have an increased risk for developing it, too.
While you can’t change your genetics, you can lower your risk of developing high blood pressure or maintain better control over it by making some important lifestyle changes and using medication, if necessary.
It runs in the family
One of the questions that your doctor will ask you upon giving a diagnosis of high blood pressure is does high blood pressure run in your family. Studies have shown that having a parent with high blood pressure may account for approximately 35% to 65% of variations in blood pressure levels. Some other factors that you can’t control when it comes to developing high blood pressure are age, gender, and ethnicity.
However, the risk from hereditary high blood pressure can increase when it’s combined with unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking, being sedentary and/or overweight, eating a diet high in saturated fats and salt, and consuming excess amounts of alcohol.
If you are at risk for developing hereditary high blood pressure and have been diagnosed with pre-hypertension, adopting a healthy lifestyle can help to keep your BP within a healthy range.
Knowing the risks
Prehypertension and hypertension often have no symptoms so being able to measure your blood pressure on a daily basis is one of the most important steps that you can take to help maintain a healthy blood pressure. This is especially important if your parents had high blood pressure which puts you at risk for hereditary high blood pressure.
At Ivy Health Labs, we have designed smart technology with our portable blood pressure monitoring devices so that you can take a proactive role in managing your BP. Wireless and convenient, our wrist blood pressure monitor provides you with the freedom to stay on top of your blood pressure from the comfort of your home.
All of your daily readings are recorded and stored in the cloud so that you can view them at any time as well as share the data with your doctor so that, working as team, you can prevent the damage to your health that can be the result of hypertension.