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High Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure Is Not the Only Contributor to Heart Disease

Life Extension has identified at least 17 independent risk factors that increase your likelihood of succumbing to a deadly cardiovascular event. All of these risk factors must be addressed if one’s goal is optimal risk reduction.

Although high blood pressure is recognized worldwide as one of the strongest cardiovascular risk factors, focusing only on blood pressure and neglecting the other 16 independent risk factors could be a devastating oversight. These risk factors include:

  • Excess LDL
  • Excess total cholesterol
  • Low HDL
  • Excess blood glucose
  • Excess homocysteine
  • Excess C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • Insufficient vitamin D
  • Insufficient vitamin K
  • Elevated triglycerides
  • Low blood EPA and DHA
  • Low testosterone (in men)
  • Excess estrogen (in men)
  • Excess insulin
  • Nitric oxide deficit
  • Excess fibrinogen
  • Elevated levels of oxidized LDL

People interested in maximizing their cardiovascular risk reduction should follow the strategy outlined in this article to control their blood pressure, and also read the Life Extension Magazine article titled “How to Circumvent 17 Independent Heart Attack Risk Factors.”