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How does hypertension cause your face to flush?

Hypertension is characterized by a blood pressure above 140 over 90 millimeters of mercury, where one or both readings are high, says Mayo Clinic. Most adults develop primary hypertension, which occurs gradually and has no identifiable cause, explains Mayo Clinic. Secondary hypertension causes higher blood pressure than primary hypertension and results from conditions such as kidney and thyroid problems, adrenal gland tumors, alcohol abuse, illegal drugs and some medications such as cold remedies, birth control pills, decongestants and some prescription drugs.

Sources: heart.org, nia.nih.gov, mayoclinic.org, mayoclinic.org

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