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What is essential or primary hypertension?

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High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is classified as "essential'' (primary) or "secondary.” Essential hypertension does not have an apparent cause. It may be due to such things as family history or lifestyle. Most people with high blood pressure have essential hypertension.

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: “Diagnosing Secondary Hypertension.”

The Journal of Family Practice: “The Diagnosis of Essential and Secondary Hypertension in Adults.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Secondary Hypertension.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 06, 2019

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: “Diagnosing Secondary Hypertension.”

The Journal of Family Practice: “The Diagnosis of Essential and Secondary Hypertension in Adults.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Secondary Hypertension.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 06, 2019

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