Is high blood pressure hereditary?

March 24, 2008 7:21:36 PM PDT
New research suggests that high blood pressure may actually be hereditary.Doctors at Johns Hopkins found that parental medical history could determine whether children, especially men, develop high blood pressure.

Researchers found that having one parent with high blood pressure increases a men's odds of hypertension by 50 to 80 percent.

If both parents had high blood pressure, the risk for their sons more than doubled.