High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries.
C-reactive protein levels are associated with future development of high blood pressure, which suggests that hypertension is in part an inflammatory disorder. The C-reactive protein is a marker of systemic inflammation that has been associated with an increased risk of incidence of heart attack and stroke. Oral inflammation has also been hypothesized to play a role in the development of hypertension, and cross-sectional evidence demonstrates higher C-reactive protein levels among those individuals with elevated blood pressure.
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