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High blood pressure - Into the future: Starting a family
Q. Are my children likely to develop high blood pressure if I have it?
A. High blood pressure does run in families and if you have a parent with high blood pressure then you are more likely to develop it yourself.
However, it is not inevitable that your children will develop high blood pressure in later life. By making sure that your children lead a healthy and active life, that they eat lots of fruit and vegetables, eat very little salt and that they are a healthy weight, you can significantly reduce their risks of developing high blood pressure in the future.
For more about healthy lifestyles that will reduce your child's chances of developing high blood pressure, please see Making lifestyle changes.