Benin - A Public Health Physician, Dr Alex Okoh, on Sunday said that stress, disease and pregnancy are factors that increase blood pressures and could cause hypertension.
Okon, a Resident Doctor in Central Hospital, Benin, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.
He said that a persistent rise in blood pressure of an individual over a period of time causes hypertension or high blood pressure.
"Someone can experience rise in blood pressure as a result of stress of the mind but the person may not come up with hypertension if the situation is not allowed to persevere.
"When you say someone is hypertensive or has hypertension, it means that person has an elevated blood pressure persistently over a period of time," he said.
Okon said that when blood pressure arose during pregnancies and left uncontrolled, it would lead to hypertension even after delivery.
"Most young women are diagnosed with pregnancy induced hypertension and when it is not treated but allowed to persist, it leads to hypertension," Okon said.
The consultant said that kidney, heart and vascular diseases elevate the blood pressure and could cause secondary hypertension in youths when not managed.
He, therefore, advised people to ensure regular check of blood pressure to aid early intervention and reduction of blood pressures and to guard against hypertension.