What Everyone Needs to Know about High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure – or “hypertension” – is a major public health problem that affects up to 1 in 4 Americans.

There are two types of high blood pressure, primary hypertension and secondary hypertension.
Primary hypertension accounts for 95% of hypertension and has several contributing factors.
Secondary hypertension (obviously the other 5% of hypertension cases) occurs when there is a malfunction in one of the body’s organs or systems.

Primary (or essential) hypertension can be attributed to a variety of factors. Roughly 30% of cases can be attributed to genetic factors. For example, high blood pressure affects more African-Americans than Asians or Caucasians. In addition, you’re twice as likely to suffer from high blood pressure if either of your parents had it.

The majority of people with primary hypertension have a particular abnormality – increased stiffness or resistance in the peripheral arteries, the arteries farthest away from the heart . These peripheral arteries are crucial in providing oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to all tissues and organs of the body.

This rigidity is present...

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