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Is hypertension hereditary?

Yes, hypertension can have a hereditary component. Research has shown that a family history of hypertension increases the risk of developing high blood pressure. If one or both parents have a history of hypertension, there is a higher likelihood of their children also developing the condition.

The genetic influence on hypertension is thought to be multifactorial, with multiple genes contributing to blood pressure regulation and vascular function.


  1. Chobanian, A. V. (2006). Isolated Systolic Hypertension in the Elderly. New England Journal of Medicine, 355(4), 386-387. doi:10.1056/NEJMe068141

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