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.
it may cause isolated systolic hypertension
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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