What causes high blood pressure? Part 3 of 12
Causes High Blood Pressure: There are two types of hypertension. Each type has a different cause.
Primary hypertension is also called essential hypertension. This kind of hypertension develops over time with no identifiable cause.
Researchers are still unclear what mechanisms cause blood pressure to slowly increase. A combination of factors may play a role. These factors include:
Genes: Some people are genetically predisposed to hypertension. This may be from gene mutations or genetic abnormalities inherited from your parents.
Physical changes: If something in your body malfunctions, you may begin experiencing issues throughout your body. High blood pressure may be one of those issues.
For example, it’s thought that changes in your kidney function may upset the body’s natural balance of salts and fluid. This change may cause your body’s blood pressure to increase.
Environment: Over time, unhealthy lifestyle choices like lack of physical activity and poor diet can take their toll on your body. Lifestyle choices can lead to weight problems. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for hypertension.
Secondary hypertension often occurs quickly and can become more severe than primary hypertension. Several conditions that may cause secondary hypertension include:
- kidney disease
- obstructive sleep apnea
- congenital heart defects
- problems with your thyroid
- side effects of medications
- use of illegal drugs
- alcohol abuse or chronic use
- adrenal gland problems
- certain endocrine tumors
Part 4 of 12 will follow on Friday. Please keep the date for indepth knowledge about the silent but deadly disease of high blood pressure.
Table of Contents:
- What is hypertension?
- High blood pressure symptoms
- High blood pressure causes
- Hypertension diagnosis
- High blood pressure numbers
- High blood pressure treatment
- High blood pressure medicine
- High blood pressure home remedy
- High blood pressure diet
- High blood pressure during pregnancy
- Effects of high blood pressure
- High blood pressure prevention