What causes isolated hypertension?

Q: What causes isolated systolic (top number) hypertension?

A: The cause of most hypertension is not known. When a cause is identifiable, it is known as secondary hypertension. Isolated systolic hypertension is the most common type of hypertension in older people. Genetics, life style, and just getting older are factors. Blood vessels, like joints, tend to get stiffer as we age.

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