- Being overweight or obese
- Lack of physical activity
- Too much salt in the diet
- Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
- Older age
If she has never had high blood pressure before and she has not had recent changes in her weight, smoking habits or activity level, the most probable cause is her higher irritability and stress level. It is very important that you figure out why she is so irritable and having erratic behavioral changes. It is important to monitor her BP on a regular basis to make sure it returns to her normal baseline, once her mood changes are corrected.