By Matthew R. Weir, MD

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The drug link behind secondary hypertension

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and oral contraceptives are among the agents that can cause otherwise inexplicable BP elevations. Most patients with high BP have primary or essential hypertension, the cause of which is unknown. However, about 5%-10% of adults with hypertension have an identifiable or “secondary” cause of their elevated BP. Although relatively rare, the diagnosis…

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