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Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

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Although the exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown, there are several factors and conditions that may increase risk.

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Renal Artery Stenosis

Renal artery stenosis is a narrowing of arteries that carry blood to one or both of the kidneys. Most often seen in older people with atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), renal artery stenosis can worsen over time and often leads to hypertension (high blood pressure) and kidney damage. The body senses less blood reaching the kidneys and misinterprets that as the body having low blood pressure. This signals the release of hormones from the kidney that lead to an increase in blood pressure...

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on September 20, 2014
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