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Does atherosclerosis cause hypertension?

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Question: Does atherosclerosis cause hypertension?
It seems logical that constricting a fluid's flow conduit's diameter in a closed system driven by a variable pump would result in increased flow pressure, in order to deliver a continual flow volume.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
it may cause isolated systolic hypertension

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

although the two entities are closely interconnected, it is a fact that widespread vascular narrowing and decreased elasticity (known as atherosclerosis) may cause increased systolic blood pressure and decreased diastolic blood pressure. This condition is known as isolated systolic hypertension and is more common in old people because atherosclerosis is more prevalent to the old age.

Atherosclerosis is not the cause of hypertension in a strict manner since hypertension is a very well known cause of atherosclerosis. The truth is that various factors (lipid profile, smoking, blood pressure, etc) play their part in causing atherosclerosis.

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Does atherosclerosis cause hypertension?

Brief Answer: it may cause isolated systolic hypertension Detailed Answer: Hello, although the two entities are closely interconnected, it is a fact that widespread vascular narrowing and decreased elasticity (known as atherosclerosis) may cause increased systolic blood pressure and decreased diastolic blood pressure. This condition is known as isolated systolic hypertension and is more common in old people because atherosclerosis is more prevalent to the old age. Atherosclerosis is not the cause of hypertension in a strict manner since hypertension is a very well known cause of atherosclerosis. The truth is that various factors (lipid profile, smoking, blood pressure, etc) play their part in causing atherosclerosis. I hope you find my comments helpful! You can contact me again, if you'd like any clarification or further information. Kind Regards!