What Causes High Blood Pressure (hypertension)?
In around 90% of the patients, we just don't know what causes it. So we call it essential or primary hypertension. Secondary hypertension exists, but is much more rare: narrowing of the the renal artery (the one leading to your kidney) - reno-vascular hypertension - around 5% overproduction of salt and water retaining hormones, such as cortisol (Cushing's syndrome=cortisol producing tumor in the adrenals, Cushing disease=ACTH producing tumor in the pituitary causing the adrenals to produce too much cortisol), aldosteron (Conn's syndrome=aldosteron producing tumor in the adrenals), or adrenalin like substances (phaeochromocytoma=adrenalin and noradrenalin producing tumors in the adrenals) alcohol overuse overuse of liquorice obesity drugs such as hormones (oral contraceptives, cortisol like substances e.g. prednisolon), cyclosporin, antipsychotic medication etc. probably stress, since this causes higher adrenalin and cortisol levels. special circumstances: pregnancy. Although in general a high salt diet usually doesn't cause high blood pressure, in societies where no salt is used hypertension does not exist. Although thyreoid diseases are listed everywhere, I myself have never encou Continue reading >>