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A 33-year-old member asked:

What can cause high blood pressure?

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Dr. Christian Assad
Cardiology 15 years experience
Different causes: Many factors contribute to this: Diet. Sodium causes water retention therefore increased BP Age and calcification of vessels, less compliant Stimulants (Caffeine) Stress Genetics and enviornmental factors
Dr. James Chapman
Cardiology 42 years experience
Genetics: 95% of all hypertension is genetically determined, with no reversibile cause. Less commonly, an adrenal tumor, call pheochromocytoma can cause high blood pressure, or a blockage in a kidney artery (renal artery stenosis). These are correctible.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

When would high blood pressure cause seizures?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Blood pressure: When high blood pressure causes a stroke or during hypertensive crisis, seizures can be a result.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Does high hemoglobin cause high blood pressure?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No, but...: If a man's hemoglobin is more than 17.5 or thereabouts, it's worth trying to find the cause. Extremely viscous blood (igm, extremely polythemia) may require extra pressure to pump, but in such situations the problem is obvious.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could having cancer cause high blood pressure?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 30 years experience
Possibly...: Some forms of cancer can directly trigger high blood pressure, such as certain primary adrenal gland tumors. These types of cancer are rare. More common cancers such as lung, breast, colon cancers, etc... May induce anxiety / concern in the patient, and being constantly worried can elevate blood pressures. This would be a good question to ask the doc in specific situations.
San Francisco, CA
A 38-year-old male asked:

Why does high blood pressure cause atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Injury to artery: When the heart beats, it moves blood through the arteries in your body. High blood pressures causes arteries throughout the body to swell and stretch more than they would normally.This stretching can injure the endothelium, the lining of all arteries. Injured endothelium attracts more "bad" LDL cholesterol and white blood cells.The cholesterol and cells build up, causing plaque/ atherosclerosis.
Brockton, MA
A 28-year-old male asked:

Can high blood pressure cause tremors?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 74 years experience
NOT cause and effect: Both due to same underlying cause.

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