Hypertension … Causes and Solutions!

Primary (Essential) Hypertension: This is the most common type, affecting about 90% of adults with high blood pressure. There is no single identified cause for this type. It’s likely a combination of factors that contribute to it over time, such as:
Age: The risk of high blood pressure increases as you get older.
Family history: Having a family history of high blood pressure increases your risk.
Lifestyle factors: These include unhealthy diet (high in sodium and low in fruits and vegetables), lack of physical activity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and stress.
Ethnicity: Certain ethnicities, like African Americans, are at higher risk.
Secondary Hypertension: This type is less common and has a specific identifiable underlying medical condition causing the high blood pressure. Some examples include:
Kidney disease: Kidneys play a vital role in regulating blood pressure. When they aren’t functioning properly, blood pressure can rise.
Hormonal imbalances: Conditions like Cushing’s syndrome or pheochromocytoma can affect hormone production and lead to high blood pressure.
Sleep apnea: This sleep disorder can cause temporary spikes in blood pressure throughout the night.
Medications: Certain medications, like decongestants or birth control pills, can raise blood pressure as a side effect.
If you’re concerned about high blood pressure, it’s important to see a doctor to get a diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

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