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Can runners have high blood pressure?

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Dr. Alan Weder
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sure, anyone can

Because runners generally are nearer ideal body weight, get sufficient exercise and may pay attention to their diet more than most, they should be healthier. However, hypertension can affect anyone, and the only way to know whether you're hypertensive is to measure blood pressure.
The good news is that the healthy lifestyle many runners strive for is a good way to avoid cardiovascular diseases.

In brief: Sure, anyone can

Because runners generally are nearer ideal body weight, get sufficient exercise and may pay attention to their diet more than most, they should be healthier. However, hypertension can affect anyone, and the only way to know whether you're hypertensive is to measure blood pressure.
The good news is that the healthy lifestyle many runners strive for is a good way to avoid cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Alan Weder
Dr. Alan Weder
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Dr. Christopher Coller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Anyone can have high blood pressure.
Different people have different risk factors, to be sure, and athletes tend to have fewer risk factors. Nevertheless, there are many causes of elevated blood pressure - hormone problems, blood vessel or heart structure problems, etc - in addition to the more common overweight/poor lifestyle stereotype. So, runners have a lower risk, but there's no guarantee.

In brief: Yes

Anyone can have high blood pressure.
Different people have different risk factors, to be sure, and athletes tend to have fewer risk factors. Nevertheless, there are many causes of elevated blood pressure - hormone problems, blood vessel or heart structure problems, etc - in addition to the more common overweight/poor lifestyle stereotype. So, runners have a lower risk, but there's no guarantee.
Dr. Christopher Coller
Dr. Christopher Coller
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