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Treatments for Secondary High Blood Pressure

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 is treated.

Treating the other condition

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 condition

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 system.

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.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Current as of April 5, 2013

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 05, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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