Basics

High Blood Pressure in Women

If we look at the statistics, then women do not appear to have high blood pressure as often and as early as men. That does not rule out the chances of women suffering from this disease, especially after the onset of menopause. Women need to understand the risk factors and the implications involved.
 
The following are some of the risk factors involved in women.

Age:
Women generally after 40 years of age are more prone to high blood pressure. This is not a rule of thumb, but generally women experience menopause after this age. The menopause stage increases the risk of not only high blood pressure but also increased levels of blood cholesterol.

Overweight:
This is another reason for high blood pressure in women. An increasing number of women are leading a sedentary life. As a result they are overweight and prone to high blood pressure.
Middle aged and older women also lack in physical activity, which makes them more prone to high blood pressure.

Pregnancy:
Certain women experience high blood pressure during their term. This form of hypertension is known as gestational hypertension. Women with pre-existing hypertension need to monitor their blood pressure during pregnancy.

High blood pressure during pregnancy can be harmful to the health of both the mother and the fetus.

Taking oral contraceptives or birth control pills:
Studies have revealed that women who use birth control pills are at risk of developing high blood pressure.

Family history:
Genetic predisposition may be another reason that increases the chances of a woman developing high blood pressure. If you are a woman, and your family has a history of high blood pressure, chances are that you may develop the condition as well.

Alcohol abuse and stress are other factors that can contribute to high blood pressure. It is recommended that women change their life style and eat right, in order to prevent or control high blood pressure.