Valley Endocrine

Endocrinologists located in Fresno, CA

Do you have high blood pressure that’s not responding to medication, healthy weight loss and other positive lifestyle changes? Schedule a visit with endocrinologist Paul Norwood, MD, at Valley Endocrine in Fresno, California. A gifted and experienced specialist, Dr. Norwood is well known for his ability to identify underlying issues and treat secondary hypertension, which doesn’t respond to traditional methods. Call the office or book your appointment online.

Hypertension Q & A

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What is secondary hypertension?

Hypertension is when your blood pressure persistently rises above a certain level. There are several types of hypertension.

Primary or essential hypertension

This is the most common type. It has no clear cause, but is thought to be linked to obesity, lack of exercise, a poor diet, and genetics. It typically responds well to medication and/or lifestyle changes that improve your overall health, such as weight loss and increased physical activity.

Secondary hypertension

Secondary hypertension is more difficult to diagnose because it has underlying issues ― sometimes endocrine-related ― that cause your rising blood pressure. Your endocrine glands are responsible for producing the hormones that regulate critical functions within your body, such as your blood pressure.

Once the cause of your secondary hypertension is identified and treated, your blood pressure levels often normalize as well.

What endocrine problems cause secondary hypertension?

Numerous endocrine conditions can cause secondary hypertension, including:

  • Complications from poorly controlled diabetes, such as diabetic nephropathy, which can damage your kidneys' filtering system, leading to high blood pressure
  • Cushing’s disease caused by a dysfunctional pituitary gland and resulting overproduction of cortisol by your adrenal glands
  • Aldosteronism: adrenal gland dysfunction that releases too much aldosterone and causes your kidneys to retain salt and water and lose too much potassium, leading to high blood pressure
  • Thyroid problems, including overproduction or underproduction of the thyroid hormones
  • Hyperparathyroidism: an overproduction of parathyroid hormone that raises the calcium levels in your blood, triggering a rise in blood pressure

What are the symptoms of secondary hypertension?

Like with primary hypertension, you may not experience any symptoms. However, the following signs can indicate if you have secondary hypertension:

  • Very high blood pressure readings
  • Sudden onset of high blood pressure at age 30 or after age 55
  • No response to traditional blood pressure medications
  • No accompanying risk factors, e.g., family history, obesity, or poor diet

Schedule a visit with Dr. Paul Norwood today at Valley Endocrine to find out whether your hypertension is related to an endocrine problem. Call or book online to schedule your appointment.