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whats essential hypertension?

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Dr. Mark Landers
Cardiac Electrophysiology 31 years experience
Hypertension: Essential hypertension is due to genetic/hereditary issues. It means that the cause of high blood pressure is not due to any reversible causes - fix it and it goes away. Many patients require several medications to control their blood pressure adequately. Thanks mom and dad.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Essential = Physical: basis not recognized (beyond 24/7 mind/brain control), ie. another term for idiopathic. BP is a balance of CO (CardiacOutput=HeartPumpOutput) vs. TPR (TotalPeripheralResistance), both under 24/7 brain control (hidden with physical responses). Doctors can’t physically see mind or brain control (Study: https://goo.gl/e1RBFU), only the resulting behavior, thus call the behavior essential/idiopathic.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
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In my experience, the assessment that high blood pressure is not reversible is inherently untrue. This is promoted by many physicians who choose to only focus on medications they can prescribe (easier, faster for the doctor to offer + recurrent business opportunity, Study: http://goo.gl/Blh6rW), ie. body mechanic, while ignoring the human (mind & brain) which control body behaviors 24/7.
Dec 8, 2017
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Essential HTN: I have specialized in essential hypertension 54 years. "Essential" is doctor language for we do not know the heck is causing it. It runs in families and gallops in others. At least 50% with EHT have salt sensitive BP. By reducing salt intake BP may be better. I recommend the DASH Diet at NIH.gov. Review and discuss with Dr. If taking 4 meds or if K ever low have Dr. check for Conn's Syndrome.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Hello docs, is essential hypertension life-threatening?

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Dr. Jared Fialkow
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Hypertension: Yes. It can be. Essential hypertension is the most common form of high blood pressure. It means there is not a secondary cause for the hypertension. It is usually very treatable but like any other chronic condition can be life-threatening if ignored or not treated appropriately.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is essential hypertension?

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Cardiology 23 years experience
Essential Hypertensi: Essential hypertension (also called primary hypertension or idiopathic hypertension) is the form of hypertension that has no identifiable cause. It is the most common type of hypertension, affecting 95% of hypertensive patients. It tends to be familial and is likely to be the consequence of an interaction between environmental and genetic factors.
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Please tell me what causes essential hypertension ?

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Cardiology 23 years experience
Essential Hypertensi: Essential hypertension (also called primary hypertension or idiopathic hypertension) is the form of hypertension that has no identifiable cause. It is the most common type of hypertension, affecting 95% of hypertensive patients, it tends to be familial and is likely to be the consequence of an interaction between environmental and genetic factors.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can cause essential hypertension?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
NoIdentifiableCauses: Essential hypertension is Hypertension in which there are no causes to be found.It is also called Primary or Idiopathic Hypertension But having said that there are some common factors in some Family History Race It is more common in Black people Too much salt intake in some Smoking Obesity Cerain Meds like NSAid like Motrin and Naproxen Sodium,corticosteroid,Antidepressants.BCPs,decongestants,
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A 45-year-old male asked:

Is there a way to treat essential hypertension?

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Yes..: Reducing stress, sleeping well, Diet, Exercise regularly, lose wt if overweight, Avoid additional salt. There are medications.....Lisinopril, Amloidopin, Atenolol, Procardia (nifedipine).....the best match will be picked by your doctor. Do not forget Yoga.

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