Secondary hypertension: Know what it is and who are at risk

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Several chronic conditions can raise your blood pressure levels. Controlling high blood pressure can also help reduce the symptoms of other underlying health conditions. Some of the causes of secondary hypertension are:

Diabetes: Uncontrolled diabetes can put extra pressure on the kidneys to get sugar out of the blood. Over time, this condition can increase blood pressure levels.

Polycystic Kidney Disease: A cyst in your kidney can interfere with the normal functioning of the kidneys, leading to high blood pressure.

Renovascular Hypertension: This type of hypertension occurs when the arteries leading to your kidneys become narrow.

Cushing’s syndrome: Prolonged high cortisol levels can cause Cushing’s syndrome and its medications can cause secondary hypertension.

Hormonal disorders: Thyroid disorder or aldosteroneism can also affect your kidneys which can lead to high blood pressure.

Sleep apnea: Intense nasal congestion during sleep that prevents you from getting enough oxygen can damage the lining of the blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure.

In addition to these, other conditions such as obesity, pregnancy and over-the-counter over-the-counter medications can also cause secondary hypertension.




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