Approach to the diagnosis of secondary hypertension in adults (2022)


Presentations that should raise suspicion of secondary hypertension include early-onset, severe or resistant hypertension. A suggestive family history or clinical clues can point to a specific secondary cause.

The most common causes and associations are renal disease, primary aldosteronism and obstructive sleep apnoea. Medicines, illicit substances and alcohol may also be responsible.

The assessment of patients begins with history taking and examination, to look for clinical clues. Laboratory tests include electrolytes, urea, creatinine and the aldosterone:renin ratio, urinalysis and the urine albumin:creatinine ratio. Abnormal results should prompt further investigation.

Initial testing for primary aldosteronism is best done before starting potentially interfering antihypertensive drugs. If the patient is already taking interfering antihypertensive drugs that cannot be stopped, the interpretation of the aldosterone:renin ratio must consider the presence of those drugs. Specialist advice can be sought if needed.


Secondary hypertension occurs in approximately 10% of adults with hypertension.1 There are many possible causes (Table 1). Identifying and treating the cause can potentially cure or markedly improve hypertension and reduce the associated cardiovascular risk.1,2

The history and examination may raise suspicion of secondary hypertension. It is important to remember that drugs can cause hypertension. Laboratory tests can help to identify other causes.

Table 1 - Laboratory tests in the initial investigation of secondary hypertension


Prevalence in unselected hypertensive patients

Clinical clues

Laboratory tests

Renovascular disease†


Acute worsening of renal function after starting an ACE inhibitor or angiotensin receptor antagonist, flash pulmonary oedema, early-onset hypertension in a female, abdominal bruit

Electrolytes and creatinine with eGFR


Urine albumin:creatinine ratio

Renal parenchymal disease†


Haematuria, proteinuria, history of recurrent urinary tract infections or obstruction, family history, polycystic kidneys, abdominal mass

Electrolytes and creatinine with eGFR


Urine albumin:creatinine ratio

Primary aldosteronism



Aldosterone:renin ratio

Drugs, alcohol and other substances


Drug history, NSAIDs, SNRIs, decongestants, oral contraceptives, bupropion, ciclosporin, tacrolimus, cocaine, amphetamines, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, liquorice, some herbal supplements

Cushing’s syndrome


Striae (purplish-red), proximal muscle wasting, easy bruising, thin skin, rapid weight gain, central adiposity, moon facies, buffalo hump, pathologic fracture, diabetes mellitus

Late night salivary cortisol on two occasions

Free cortisol in 24-hour urine on two occasions


1 mg overnight dexamethasone suppression test

Measuring a morning or random serum cortisol is not recommended owing to a low sensitivity and specificity for Cushing’s syndrome

Phaeochromocytoma/ paraganglioma


Paroxysms or ‘spells’: headache, palpitations, sweating, pallor, labile blood pressure

Plasma metanephrines

Aortic coarctation †


Well-developed upper body, hypertension confined to the upper limbs, systolic murmur

Obstructive sleep apnoea ‡


Snoring, daytime somnolence, morning headache

eGFR estimated glomerular filtration rate
NSAIDs non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
SNRIs serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors

* Other rare causes of secondary hypertension include acromegaly, thyroid dysfunction and primary hyperparathyroidism.

† Laboratory tests should be complemented by imaging.

‡ Obstructive sleep apnoea has a very strong and important association, but may not be a cause of secondary hypertension.

Who should be assessed for secondary hypertension?

International and local guidelines differ in their recommendations and prescriptiveness in relation to screening for secondary causes of hypertension. In general, patients with hypertension and any of the following characteristics should be screened:1,3

  • age of onset less than 40 years
  • abrupt onset of hypertension
  • abrupt worsening of hypertension despite previously good control
  • hypertensive urgency or emergency
  • resistant hypertension (blood pressure≥140/90 mmHg despite the consistent use of three antihypertensive drugs including a diuretic, or a need for four or more drugs to control the blood pressure)
  • target organ damage disproportionate to the degree of hypertension
  • family history of early-onset hypertension, stroke before the age of 40 years, or primary aldosteronism
  • clinical clues
    • hypokalaemia (may occur in primary aldosteronism)
    • higher elevation than expected (>20%) of serum creatinine after starting an ACE inhibitor or angiotensin receptor antagonist (may suggest renovascular hypertension)
    • paroxysmal hypertension or episodes suggestive of catecholamine excess (suggestive of phaeochromocytoma).

All patients suspected of having secondary hypertension should be screened for the common causes and associations. These include renal disease (parenchymal or renovascular), primary aldosteronism, medicines, illicit substances, alcohol and obstructive sleep apnoea. Other, less prevalent causes should only be investigated if there is strong clinical suspicion of a particular disorder, such as coarctation of the aorta. It is important to remember that a lack of adherence to antihypertensive treatment can cause persistent hypertension.

Initial tests for primary aldosteronism

Patients with primary aldosteronism have a higher risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality than other age-, sex- and blood pressure-matched patients.3 Although testing for primary aldosteronism has not been directly linked with mortality benefits, treating primary aldosteronism surgically (by unilateral adrenalectomy) or with specific mineralocorticoid blockade may improve long-term cardiovascular outcomes.4

Hypertension is often the only sign of primary aldosteronism. Most patients do not present with the classical feature of hypokalaemia.

Screening for primary aldosteronism is straightforward if the patient has not started antihypertensive therapy. This involves a blood test, in an unfasted patient who has been ambulatory for at least two hours. Itmeasures aldosterone and renin, allowing calculation of the aldosterone:renin ratio.3 This ratio is important as some patients with primary aldosteronism will have normal concentrations of aldosterone. As hypokalaemia can cause a false-negative ratio, potassium should be concurrently measured.

Reference intervals and screening thresholds for aldosterone, renin and their ratio vary according to the laboratory’s method of measurement (laboratories may measure either direct renin or plasma renin activity). The ratio should be interpreted in the context of the absolute values for aldosterone and renin. For example, a raised ratio due to a very high aldosterone with a non- suppressed renin concentration may be more suggestive of secondary hyperaldosteronism due to diuretic use or other causes. The ratio could also be raised because of a very low renin, even if the aldosterone concentration is not as high as is typically seen in primary aldosteronism.

The finding of an increased aldosterone:renin ratio not explained by interfering antihypertensives and confirmed on more than one occasion should prompt referral to a physician with an interest in hypertension, for consideration of confirmatory dynamic testing and specific treatment.

Effect of antihypertensive drugs

Although most antihypertensives affect the plasma concentrations of aldosterone, renin and their ratio (see Fig. and Table 2), additional indications may prevent the suspension of some drugs, such as when a beta blocker is also being used to control an arrhythmia. Initial testing therefore ofte needs to take place while the patient is still taking interfering antihypertensives. Interpreting an aldosterone:renin ratio while a patient is taking interfering antihypertensives can be difficult. Documenting the patient’s antihypertensive drugs on the request form will assist the pathologist’s analysis.

Fig. - Effects of interfering drugs on aldosterone and renin

Approach to the diagnosis of secondary hypertension in adults (1)

ARR aldosterone:renin ratio

Table 2 - Factors that may lead to false-positive or false-negative aldosterone:renin ratio results


Effect on aldosterone plasma concentration

Effect on renin concentration

Effect on aldosterone:renin ratio

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Beta adrenergic blockers


↑­ (FP)

Central agonists (e.g. clonidine, alpha methyldopa)


↑­ (FP)

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs


­↑ (FP)

Potassium wasting diuretics

→ ↑

­ ­↑↑

↑­ (FN)

Potassium sparing diuretics


­ ­↑↑

↓ (FN)

ACE inhibitors

­ ­↑↑

↓ (FN)

Angiotensin receptor antagonist

­ ­↑↑

↓ (FN)

Calcium channel blockers (dihydropyridines)

→ ↓

↓ (FN)

Renin inhibitors

↓ ­↑

↑­ (FP)

↓ (FN)

Potassium status


→ ↑

↓ (FN)

Potassium loading

→ ↓


Dietary sodium

Sodium restriction



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­ ↑ (FN)

Sodium loading


­ ↑ (FP)

Advancing age


­ ↑(FP)

Premenopausal women (vs males)

→ ↑­

↑­ (FP)

Other conditions

Renal impairment

↑­ (FP)


↑­ (FP)



­ ­↑↑

↓ (FN)

Renovascular hypertension


­ ­↑↑

↓ (FN)

Malignant hypertension


­ ↑↑

↓ (FN)

FN false negative, FP false positive
↓decreases effect,↑ increases effect,→ has no effect

PHA-2 pseudohypoaldosteronism type 2 (familial hypertension and hyperkalaemia with normal glomerular filtration rate)

* Renin inhibitors lower plasma renin activity, but raise direct renin concentration. This would be expected to result in false-positive aldosterone:renin ratios for renin measured as plasma renin activity and false negatives for renin measured as direct renin concentration.

† In premenopausal, ovulating women, plasma aldosterone concentrations measured during the menses or the proliferative phase of the menstrual cycle are similar to those of men but rise briskly in the luteal phase. Because renin concentrations are lower, the aldosterone:renin ratio is higher than in men for all phases of the cycle, but especially during the luteal phase during which aldosterone rises to a greater extent than renin. False positives can occur during the luteal phase, but only if renin is measured as direct renin concentration and not plasma renin activity. In preliminary studies, some investigations have found false positives on the current cut-offs for women in the luteal phase. Accordingly, it would seem sensible to screen women at risk in the follicular phase, if practicable.

Source: adapted from reference 3

A suppressed renin, high aldosterone and raised ratio in a patient taking an ACE inhibitor alone (expectedto increase renin and decrease aldosterone) would be suspicious for primary aldosteronism. However, a normal ratio in the same patient would not exclude primary aldosteronism, as it may be a false negative. On the other hand, beta blockers decrease renin concentrations. A patient taking a beta blocker who has a non-suppressed renin concentration probably does not have primary aldosteronism, but a suppressed renin and a raised ratio could be a false-positive result.

Sometimes, substitution of interfering antihypertensives with non-interfering antihypertensives is required to obtain a reliable ratio. This is also important for further confirmatory testing that may follow initial screening. Table 3 shows non-interfering antihypertensives that may be used during the workup to control blood pressure.5 As adjusting the antihypertensive regimen can be a lengthy process and is not without risks, it should only be pursued for patients expected to benefit from the diagnosis and treatment of primary aldosteronism. A discussion with a physician with a special interest inhypertension should be considered, and the patient should understand why changes to their treatment are being proposed.

Table 3 - Drugs that do not interfere with calculating the aldosterone:renin ratio5

Starting dose

Maximum dose

Sustained-release verapamil*

180 mg daily

240 mg daily


200 micrograms once at night

200 micrograms twice daily after two weeks


0.5 mg twice daily

5 mg three times a day

Hydralazine hydrochloride

12.5 mg twice daily

50 mg three times a day

* Administration of verapamil as two divided doses may provide better coverage over 24 hours, if necessary. Doses higher than 240 mg daily may be used, but are often limited by adverse effects, therefore addition of a second drug is advised before increasing the verapamil dose.

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When adjusting the antihypertensive regimen, drugs are usually ceased one at a time at a rateof one per week, or more slowly if there is a needto maintain blood pressure control. Diuretics including spironolactone are stopped first, as they require a washout of at least four weeks. Other antihypertensives need to be ceased for a minimum of two weeks before testing.3 Blood pressure should be monitored at least twice a week. Home blood pressure monitoring can be helpful for selected patients. Non-interfering antihypertensives, if required, may be introduced and up-titrated one at a time. The target blood pressure may be individualised based on the patient’s previous blood pressure, their age and the duration of hypertension. This blood pressure may be higher than the usual target for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, given that these drug substitutions are only temporary.

Patients should be informed of the symptoms of a hypertensive emergency, what a safe blood pressureis and how to seek medical attention if their blood pressure exceeds this. Provide counselling about the adverse effects, the frequency of dosing for the non-interfering antihypertensives, and the precautions for driving.


Identifying secondary hypertension presents an opportunity to modify a patient’s cardiovascular risk profile beyond what is achievable by antihypertensive therapy alone. Renal disease and primary aldosteronism are common causes.

A methodical approach to identifying the cause is necessary and must take into account the drugs being used by the patient. Advice on test selection and patient preparation to optimise the value of initial investigations can be provided by a chemical pathologist or hypertension specialist. Patients who have abnormal results will require further investigations to confirm the cause.

Conflicts of interest: none declared

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What medications can cause secondary hypertension? ›

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9: Secondary hypertension, unspecified.

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What is another name for secondary hypertension? ›

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Can stress cause secondary hypertension? ›

Stress can cause hypertension through repeated blood pressure elevations as well as by stimulation of the nervous system to produce large amounts of vasoconstricting hormones that increase blood pressure.

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ABPM is currently considered the gold standard for the correct diagnosis of hypertension on the grounds that the ambulatory BP provides extensive information on several BP parameters other than the average BP, including BP variability, the morning BP surge, BP load, and the nocturnal fall in BP.

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Your doctor can diagnose hypertension by checking your blood pressure. It is a very simple test that takes only a few minutes. Usually an inflatable upper arm cuff with a gauge is used. Your doctor or other medical professional will slide the blood pressure cuff to just above your elbow on your bare arm.

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Typically, medication is prescribed to treat the condition that caused the hypertension. Some people may also need to take high blood pressure medication until the underlying condition is treated successfully. For many, their high blood pressure can be cured once the medical condition is properly treated.

What are the risk factors for secondary hypertension? ›

Risk factors for secondary hypertension
  • Use of oral contraceptives or corticosteroids.
  • Problems with your adrenal or thyroid glands.
  • Hormonal disorders or pregnancy.
  • A congenital defect of the aorta in your heart called coarctation.
  • Kidney disease, or insufficient blood flow to the kidneys due to arterial blockage.

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Differential Diagnosis

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Things that can increase your risk of getting high blood pressure
  • are overweight.
  • eat too much salt and do not eat enough fruit and vegetables.
  • do not do enough exercise.
  • drink too much alcohol or coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks)
  • smoke.
  • do not get much sleep or have disturbed sleep.
  • are over 65.

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Primary Hypertension (Formerly Known as Essential Hypertension) Essential (primary) hypertension occurs when you have abnormally high blood pressure that's not the result of a medical condition. This form of high blood pressure is often due to obesity, family history and an unhealthy diet.

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Common factors that can lead to high blood pressure include:
  • A diet high in salt, fat, and/or cholesterol.
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  • Family history, especially if your parents or other close relatives have high blood pressure.
  • Lack of physical activity.
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Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
  • Blurry or double vision.
  • Lightheadedness/Fainting.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Nosebleeds.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting.

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  • Physical Inactivity. ...
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  • Tobacco Use. ...
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What is normal blood pressure for a 70 year old? ›

Elderly blood pressure range for men and women

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) updated their guidelines in 2017 to recommend men and women who are 65 or older aim for a blood pressure lower than 130/80 mm Hg.

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  3. Eat a healthy diet. ...
  4. Reduce salt (sodium) in your diet. ...
  5. Limit alcohol. ...
  6. Quit smoking. ...
  7. Get a good night's sleep. ...
  8. Reduce stress.

Can lack of sleep cause high blood pressure? ›

The less you sleep, the higher your blood pressure may go. People who sleep six hours or less may have steeper increases in blood pressure. If you already have high blood pressure, not sleeping well may make your blood pressure worse.

What 3 things can prevent hypertension? ›

High blood pressure can often be prevented or reduced by eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight, taking regular exercise, drinking alcohol in moderation and not smoking.

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White-coat hypertension and labile hypertension are two such examples.
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  • Isolated systolic hypertension. ...
  • Malignant hypertension. ...
  • Resistant hypertension.
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What is the difference between essential hypertension and secondary hypertension? ›

The difference between primary hypertension and secondary hypertension is the causes related to each. Primary hypertension does not have a definitive cause, while secondary hypertension has a known cause. Both primary and secondary hypertension result in high blood pressure.

Can secondary hypertension be cured? ›

Treatment for secondary hypertension involves treating the medical condition that's causing it with medications or surgery. Once the condition is treated, blood pressure might decrease or return to normal. Treatment might require continuing to take blood pressure medication, as well.


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