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The #1 Cause of Hypertension, According to Doctors

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Hypertension, aka high blood pressure , can be incredibly deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death for Americans. Unfortunately, it is very common, with tens of millions of adults estimated to be suffering from it. What exactly is it, what is the number one cause, and what can you do to avoid it? Read on to find out what experts say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It . 1 What Is Hypertension? Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD , NYC area spinal and orthopedic surgeon, explains that blood pressure is defined as the force of your blood pushing up against your blood vessels' walls. "Hypertension would mean that your blood is consistently pushing too strongly up against these walls, which could lead to multiple different adverse health outcomes," he