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What Causes Essential Hypertension In Adults
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
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
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
Inherited: You generally inherit a predisposition to become hypertensive from your parents. When it acutually shows up as hypertension in you is variable, but typically as a yourn adult or in middle age. ...Read more
How likely is it that I have essential hypertension (vs. Secondary) as an adult when both parents did not?
Not unusual: Hypertension is about twice as common in subjects who have one or two hypertensive parents and multiple epidemiologic studies suggest that genetic factors account for approximately 30 percent of the variation in blood pressure in various populations. I find, however, that frequently patients will have parents that have hypertension that has simply not been diagnosed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why is it that physicians do not know the cause of essential hypertension that leads to heart attacks and strokes?
Because...: ...it hasn't been discovered yet. It's not just physicians who don't know the cause; nobody knows the cause. That's why it's called essential. It certainly isn't for want of trying. And when they do find the cause, it still won't be curable, only treatable. It's hereditary, & probably not just 1 gene, but many. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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