If My Father, Mother Or Another Relative Has High Blood Pressure, Will I Get It Too?

Dr. Blumethal answers the question: 'Is High Blood Pressure Genetic?'

— -- Question: If my father, mother or another relative has high blood pressure, will I get it too?

Answer: Family history is very important in predicting the risk of high blood pressure. A family history of high blood pressure or a family history of stroke or heart attack indicates that the children are much more likely to develop high blood pressure or other cardiovascular problems.