What Is Benign Essential Hypertension?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 10:34:13 AM ET

The term "essential hypertension" refers to high blood pressure that has no direct cause, although it may be due to heredity or lifestyle factors, states MDGuidelines. The term "benign" referring to this condition is a misnomer because of what it implies, and the medical community no longer uses it.