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if i have high blood pressure, will i get heart disease? my doctor told me i have pre-hypertension. i know i may develop high blood pressure, but does this mean i will develop heart disease too?

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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 19 years experience
First : First of all you should know that pre-hypertension is not hypertension. You may never develop it, especially if you maintain a healthy weight and eat a low sodium diet. However, genetics also plays a role of which you have no control over. Hypertension increases the risk of one developing hypertensive heart disease. Like i stated previously, lifestyle, genetics, and other medical conditions (diabetes, high cholesterol) are factors as well. Take care.
Dr. Tso Chen
Dr. Tso Chenanswered
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Increases the risk: Hypertension is one of the risk factors for development of heart disease and stroke. Since you are in the pre-hypertension stage right now, it is the time to get BP within normal range. The best way to lower BP is to exercise regularly, maintain low sodium diet, and keep body weight as close to ideal weight as possible. Normal bmi (body mass index) is 18.5-24.5 (there are calculators online).

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Last updated Jun 7, 2018

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