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If high blood pressure is caused by some other disease or health condition, like kidney disease or pregnancy, it's called secondary high blood pressure. Sometimes blood pressure returns to normal when the other condition
Treating the condition that
has caused your secondary high blood pressure will not
always lower your blood pressure back to a normal level. In this case, you may
need to treat the high blood pressure itself.
Your doctor may decide to
treat both if it will take a long time to cure
the other condition or if your blood pressure is
dangerously high. If it takes too long to cure the other condition,
the high blood pressure will have more time to damage your
If treating the other
condition will put you at high risk for serious problems, your
doctor may choose to treat your high blood pressure only.
Current as of:
April 5, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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