What is primary high blood pressure?

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    Primary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure (generally considered to be >120/80) that is not due to a specific disease. Primary hypertension has two primary causes:
    • Genetic history - This includes a family history of high blood pressure, and also race. Hypertension occurs more frequently in the African-American population. 
    • Lifestyle choices - These include factors such as being overweight, consuming lots of salty foods, consuming excess alcohol, smoking, and leading a sedentary lifestyle. 
    Of course, we are not able to change our genetics. But the good news is that, with specific healthy changes in lifestyle, it is possible to see a significant reduction in blood pressure readings.
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