Top 10 Causes of High Blood Pressure! Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with hypertension or high blood pressure? And if so, did you and your physician talk about the possible causes of the high blood pressure, or did you just start taking medications without really asking questions?
This video is intended to be informational only. It is not a medical consultation, nor is it personalized medical advice. For medical advice, please consult your physician.
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Now, the truth of the matter is that most cases of high blood pressure have no clear underlying cause, they have no clear etiology. This is primary or essential hypertension. But about 5 to 10% of the cases of high blood pressure do have an underlying cause, secondary hypertension. Now, if you have high blood pressure and it is actually caused by an underlying condition that could be potentially treatable or reversible, don’t you want to know? Today, I’m going to give you 10 common causes of high blood pressure.
Facts About Hypertension
Hypertension is the leading cause of heart disease, strokes, and kidney failure. And about 45% of Americans have high blood pressure, and many of them don’t quite have it managed well. Most hypertension is due to primary or essential hypertension, meaning that there is no clear cause, no underlying etiology to be identified. But about 5 to 10% of the cases of high blood pressure actually do have an underlying cause or secondary hypertension, and that’s what we’ll be talking about today.
10 Causes of High Blood Pressure:
1. Thyroid Disease
2. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
3. Chronic Kidney Disease
4. Cushing’s Syndrome
5. Conn Syndrome
6. Brain Tumor
7. Coarctation of the Aorta
In addition to the 10 causes of high blood pressure I just gave you, there are many more, including pheochromocytoma, or a high sodium diet. In fact, please watch my video on high sodium foods to avoid for more information. To prevent high blood pressure, you definitely want to have a good relationship with your physician, so definitely consult your doctor.
You also want to implement some excellent lifestyle choices like regular exercise and eating healthy foods. Make sure you drink plenty of water and have a low sodium diet. And very importantly, if you are at risk for having a secondary cause, you want to make sure you explore the underlying causes.