High Blood Pressure for Dummies, 2nd Edition
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Secondary high blood pressure is a result of a specific illness. Usually, once the disease is treated, your blood pressure returns to normal. These signs may indicate you have secondary high blood pressure:

  • Onset of high blood pressure before age 20 or past age 50

  • Flushing spells

  • Rapid pulse

  • Intolerance to heat

  • Very high level of blood pressure (over 180/120)

  • Damage to the eyes, kidneys, or heart

  • Low level of potassium in the blood

  • Loud humming sound in the abdomen (called a bruit)

  • Family history of kidney disease

  • Poor response to treatment that’s usually effective

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Alan L. Rubin, MD, is a physician in private practice and the author of the bestselling Diabetes For Dummies, Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, and Thyroid For Dummies.

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