If high blood pressure is caused by some other disease or health condition, like kidney disease or pregnancy, it's called secondary high blood pressure. Sometimes blood pressure returns to normal when the other condition
Often wonder what the top and the bottom blood pressure numbers mean? Doctors call them systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure.
Knowing both your systolic and diastolic blood pressure numbers is important and could save your life.
Treating the condition that
has caused your secondary high blood pressure will not
always lower your blood pressure back to a normal level. In this case, you may
need to treat the high blood pressure itself.
Treating both your high blood pressure AND the other
Your doctor may decide to
treat both if it will take a long time to cure
the other condition or if your blood pressure is
dangerously high. If it takes too long to cure the other condition,
the high blood pressure will have more time to damage your
Treating only your high blood pressure
If treating the other
condition will put you at high risk for serious problems, your
doctor may choose to treat your high blood pressure only.
For example, you may have renal artery stenosis, which typically requires
surgery. But if your overall health is too delicate to withstand such surgery,
it may make more sense to treat your high blood pressure
Types of treatments
If your doctor decides to treat the condition that has caused
your high blood pressure, you may have surgery, medicines, or
Surgery. For example, if your condition is due to
narrowing of your
aorta, surgery to repair that problem may
also cure your secondary high blood
Medicines. For example,
if you have a hormone disorder that affects your kidneys and therefore gives
you high blood pressure, your doctor may have you take medicine to treat the
Both medicines and surgery. For example, people who have renal
artery stenosis and high blood pressure can be treated
first with medicines. But if medicines don't
work, these people may also need surgery.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
April 4, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 04, 2011
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