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What causes high blood pressure?

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Dr. Christopher Nicora
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Essentially unknown: There are some secondary causes of hypertension but for the most part we do not know what causes hypertension.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Several causes: Most prominent being genetics. If your family has/had high bp, odds are you will too. Obesity contributes. Added salt can impact some people's bp. Stress/anxiety and caffeine/stimulants can raise bp. See your dr if BP >135/>85.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
To diagnose high blood pressure one needs to have the most accurate device that can be found. This is still a BP taken by a trained human listening to the BP and using a calibrated manometer. i never trust an automated device for my patient unless i can validate it as accurate by auscultation. The device shows is a wrist device and can be a cause of HTN falsely diagnosed. I never recommend them.
Nov 10, 2016
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Age: Obesity, genetics, high salt or alcohol intake to name a few.
Dr. Brian Witt
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Mostly Genetics: The most common cause is called essential hypertension- 90% is of this type. This type is mostly from genetics. Some people are born with an inherent sensitivity to salt. So there is an environmental (diet, stress) component in some. Other causes include a narrowing of the arteries supplying the kidneys called renal artery stenosis. Other causes are hormonal, obesity/metabolic , or certain meds.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Causes of HBP: Last I counted I had over 100 causes. Need more details to narrow it down. I am a Board Certified Hypertensionologist. Happy to share my expertise.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Hardening of arterie: Hardening of arteries, increased vascular tone/ resistance. Causes blood pressure to go up. Other associated feature hypercholesterolemia.
Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 35 years experience
Genetics/lifestyle: More than 90% of HTN is essential (primary) in nature. This implies that it occurs on its own. The remaining 5-10% is secondary htn, which means another primary medical problem is driving the high BP (example renovascular, endocrine, catecholamine-induced, sleep apnea). Essential HTN usually based on increased vasoconstriction. This is made worse by obesity, salt/alcohol intake, sedentary, .
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 23 years experience
Stiffening of : The walls of the arteries. Hardening of the arteries, high levels of hormones such as aldosterone or adrenaline, blockages of the kidney arteries leading to increased renin are all potential reasons.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Cause of HBP: Feeding your genes wrong is most common cause: too much salt and/or calories and choosing the wrong grandparents. Specialize in this and do 2nd opinions,
Dr. Christo Wagenaar
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HT: Please make an appointment with your GP, he/she will explain to your all causes and give you the right direction to maintain it

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