Blood pressure is the amount of force that pushes against artery walls to get blood through the body.
If the force is too strong for too long, arteries weaken over time.
In the United States, 70 million people—that’s almost 1 of every 3—have high blood pressure. In Canada, it’s 1 in 6.
Managing this condition is therefore critical not just for all-around health and feeling good but to prevent life-threatening illness.
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Two Types of Hypertension
Hypertension can be hereditary or acquired through a high-risk lifestyle. There are 2 types: essential (primary) and secondary.
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In the case of essential hypertension, there’s no apparent cause and it gradually develops over many years. Secondary hypertension is usually associated with another condition(s):(2)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Kidney problems
- Adrenal gland tumors
- Thyroid problems
- Certain congenital blood defects