High blood pressure
In most cases, it's not clear exactly what causes high blood pressure (hypertension). But there are several things that can increase your risk.
Factors that can raise yourriskof developinghighblood pressure include:
Making healthy lifestyle changes can help keep your blood pressure at a normal level.
In about 1 in 20 cases, high blood pressure occurs as the result of an underlying condition, medication or drug.
Conditions that can cause high blood pressureinclude:
Medicines and drugs that can increase your blood pressure include:
In these cases, your blood pressure may return to normal once you stop taking the medicine or drug.
Find everything you need to know about high blood pressure (hypertension), including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Find out what can increase your risk of high blood pressure and what the known underlying causes are.
Find out when you should get your blood pressure tested, where you can get tested, and what the test involves.
Read about the main treatments for high blood pressure, including lifestyle changes and medication.
Find out about the lifestyle changes you can make to prevent and reduce high blood pressure.
Read Andy Jones' story about his diagnosis and treatment for high blood pressure.