Hypertension Chapter 5

A Dangerous High: 3 Types of Hypertension


What Are the Different Types of Hypertension?

There are three types of hypertension:

  • Primary, or essential, hypertension accounts for 90-95% of all cases and doesn’t have a specific, treatable cause. However, an unhealthy lifestyle can play a role in developing hypertension in people who have a predisposition for it.

  • Secondary hypertension is caused by an underlying condition, such as a kidney disorder or a congenital abnormality. The high blood pressure generally returns to normal when the problem is corrected.

  • Pregnancy-related hypertension may occur in women who have a predisposition to hypertension when they become pregnant.


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