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Causes and Risks

A number of risk factors can lead to elevated blood pressure. Browse through this section to find out if you're at risk for high blood pressure or one of its many complications.

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  • Symptoms
    High blood pressure is often called the "silent killer", because it can go undetected for many years. However, people with certain genetic traits or lifestyle habits are more at risk for high blood pressure. Read about them here.
  • Risk Factors
    Learn more about the causes of high blood pressure so that you can better prevent it.
  • Autonomic hyperreflexia
    Understand more about autonomic hyperreflexia: definition, causes, incidence, and risk factors.
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  • Coarctation of the aorta
    Understand more about coarctation of the aorta: definition, causes, incidence, and risk factors.
  • Drug-induced hypertension
    Learn more about drug-induced hypertension: definition, alternative names, causes, incidence, and risk factors.
  • Hyperaldosteronism - primary and secondary
    Find out the definition, other names, causes, incidence, and risk factors for hyperaldosteronism- primary and secondary.
  • Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease
    Learn the definition, alternative names, causes, incidence, and risk factors for pulmonary veno-occlusive disease.
  • Sodium in diet
    Learn about how a higher intake of salt can lead to high blood pressure.
  • Takayasu arteritis
    Understand more about takayasu arteritis: definition, alternative names, causes, incidence, and risk factors.
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