For most people, the cause remains unknown, making primary blood pressure the more prevalent of the two.
While it is not entirely known why primary high blood pressure occurs, research is ongoing and a number of factors have been implicated. Since high blood pressure often runs in families, a strong genetic component has been indicated.
Other risk factors for high blood pressure include smoking, alcoholism, and high salt intake, being overweight, lack of exercise, and high levels of stress.
Some conditions known to cause secondary hypertension are:
* Diabetic nephropathy
* Kidney disease
* Cushing's syndrome
* Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism
* Arteriosclerosis (a thickening, hardening and narrowing of the walls of the arteries)
* Underlying heart conditions
* Sleep apnea
* Pregnancy, especially in cases of Pre-eclampsia
* Side-effects of certain medications or supplements
While high blood pressure can be a potentially life-threatening condition, it can be successfully managed through the correct medical treatment and positive life-style changes. Treatment often includes prescription medication, natural remedies, or a combination of both.
Whatever you decide, it is important to adopt a holistic approach to your health and include life-style changes into your treatment program.
There are a number of herbal and homeopathic remedies that are well known for their ability to control high blood pressure with great success. Unlike conventional medicines, which do not always address the root cause, natural remedies can do this without the risk of side effects or addiction.