Medical Q&As

High blood pressure

I have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. What are the main causes of high blood pressure and is it possible to cure high blood pressure without going on medication?

The majority of cases of high blood pressure occur for no known reason. The small remaining number may occur as secondary to another condition such as kidney disease, hormonal abnormalities or a variety of biochemical abnormalities. It is important to stress that most cases occur in otherwise healthy people. If you are excessively overweight or consume a large amount of alcohol correcting these factors may remove the need for prescription medication. However you should not stop medication without discussing this matter with your doctor.