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Whats essential hypertension?

Whats essential hypertension?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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What can cause essential hypertension?

What can cause essential hypertension?

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, ...Read more

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What is unspecified essential hypertension?

What is unspecified essential hypertension?

High blood pressure: It is one of the terms used to describe basic high blood pressure not known to be caused by any other diagnosed disease such as kidney disease, and not specified as to degree. Essentially, you have high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What is Unspecified essential hypertension??

What is Unspecified essential hypertension??

Essential hpt: I'm not familiar with the word "unspecified" as applied to the diagnosis of essential hypertension which means high blood pressure not caused by other abnormalities such as kidney disease, glandular abnormalities,etc. Essential hypertension often runs in families and physicians usually order several tests to make sure that the hypertension is not caused by other conditions. Medications control it. ...Read more

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What causes essential hypertension in adults?

We don't know: "essential" hypertension is a fancy way for us to say that we have absolutely no clue as to why your blood pressure is high. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat essential hypertension?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition of essential hypertension?

High blood pressure: The definition of essential (or primary) hypertension is a sustained elevation in systemic arterial blood pressure that is not due to some other cause. If it has some other cause (a side effect of a drug or a symptom of another disease) then it's secondary hypertension. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is essential hypertension?

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. ...Read more

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What is the significance of essential hypertension?

What is the significance of essential hypertension?

Many organs effected: Think of high blood pressure as stressing almost every organ and vessel in the body (increases wall tension of vessels and increases plaque build-up). It is often called the "silent killer" because usually there are no symptoms but over years can result in cardiac disease, heart failure, kidney failure, decreased circulation in feet, blindness, and stroke. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes essential hypertension ?

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. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for essential hypertension?

What is the treatment for essential hypertension?

Healthy lifestyle: Weight loss, exercise and salt restriction may be helpful for some patients but the majority of patients need medication. It's much safer to treat high blood pressure with medication than it is to get a stroke for not treating. Healthy lifestyle should always be our first choice if we have that luxury. Don't wait too long though. ...Read more

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What is low renin essential hypertension?

Complicated: Kidneys normally help regulate BP by producing a hormone: renin which leads to prodction of angiotensin, a potent vessel constrictor. Most patients with essential HTN have high renin levels but since the 1970s it has been recognized that a subset have low levels. Some produce too much aldosterone (another hormone) but many don't. For those who don't, treatment for lreh is the same as for everyone. ...Read more

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Has any cure for essential hypertension been found yet?

There are no cures: But medical treatments that can control the hypertension. ...Read more

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How are secondary hypertension and essential hypertension different?

2nd HTN Vs Essential: Secondary hypertension is secondary to a know cause. There are hundreds. The cause of essential hypertension is unknown.There are hundreds of hypothesis as to what it is due to tho. Some facts: runs in families, tends to be sensititive to diet salt intake, the higher the BP the shorter time you live and the greater the % of life you spend with heart disease, stroke, renal failure etc. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is essential hypertension life-threatening?

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. ...Read more