High Blood Pressure
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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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Possible causes

Generally, High blood pressure can be related to:

  • Hypertension

    Hypertension is high blood pressure (increased pressure of blood against blood vessel walls). It's classified into primary and secondary. Primary is when the cause is unknown. Secondary is due to underlying conditions, such as kidney or thyroid disease. Risk factors include smoking, being overweight, lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol consumption, stress, genetics, etc. There are often no symptoms. If untreated, it can cause health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.

  • Subcortical hemorrhage

    Subcortical hemorrhage refers to bleeding in the subcortical region of the brain. Causes include hereditary abnormalities of blood vessels in the brain, hypertension, and trauma. It is a type of stroke and is a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

  • Polycystic kidney disease (PCKD)

    A hereditary condition where groups of cysts form mainly in the kidneys, causing them to enlarge and lose function over time. Cysts are noncancerous round sacs filled with fluid. Having numerous or large cysts can damage the kidneys.

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, High blood pressure may be related to these serious diseases:

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you have chest pain?

  • Is your heart pounding?

  • Have you been feeling lightheaded lately?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do you have any swelling in your body?

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References

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    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2770851

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  • Xiong P, Liu Z, Xiong M, Xie F. Prevalence of high blood pressure under 2017 ACC/AHA guidelines: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Hum Hypertens. 2021 Mar;35(3):193-206. doi: 10.1038/s41371-020-00454-8. Epub 2020 Dec 8. PMID: 33293630.

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  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/

Reviewed By:

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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