Genetic Considerations

Hypertension is a complex disease combining the effects of multiple genes and environmental factors. Over 100 candidate genes may increase susceptibility to hypertension, and there may be many more. Genes have been located for several syndromes that include hypertension as a feature (Liddle's syndrome, glucocorticoid-remediable aldosteronism, the syndrome of apparent mineralocorticoid excess), but genetic causes of primary hypertension have been elusive. The degree of risk for hypertension that can be attributed to genetics varies from 15% to 70% depending on the ethnicity of populations studied and the contributions of environmental factors.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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