As age increases, so does the risk of high blood pressure. Generally this risk increases in stages as you get older because:
- Your arteries become hardened
- You are less active
- Your kidney function decreases
- Your body does not process salt as well as it used to when you were younger
- Your body is more sensitive to salt and other factors
- Because of hormonal changes such as menopause
Development of High Blood Pressure:
Blood pressure often increases in stages. A person in their 30s may experience some elevated readings that return to normal. As this person ages, the readings increase. If a person develops high blood pressure before the age of 50, his or her risk of heart attack or stroke is greatly increased. If untreated, high blood pressure can reduce life expectancy by 10 or more years.
Men often develop high blood pressure between the ages of 35 and 55.
Women often develop high blood pressure after menopause.