Many people think blood pressure only affects adult but in fact it also affects babies, young children, and teenagers too. Around 1 in 25 teenagers have high blood pressure. In babies, it's usually caused by prematurity or problems with the kidneys or heart. Many kids and teens with high blood pressure have no other health problems but do have a family history of hypertension and an unhealthy lifestyle, a bad diet, excess weight, stress, and too little physical activity.
The cause of high blood pressure is still unknown, however doctors have found several factors and conditions that they believe have something to with it. Here is a list of some factors:
Some people have high blood pressure which is caused by an underlying condition called secondary hypertension. This type of high blood pressure appears suddenly and causes higher blood pressure than does primary hypertension. Although primary hypertension is somewhat mysterious, it has been linked to certain risk factors. High blood pressure tends to run in families and is more likely to affect men than women. Age and race also play a role.
Various conditions and medications can lead to secondary hypertension, including:
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