smoking and hypertension

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  • there is an acute elevation in blood pressure that lasts for about 15 minutes after finishing a cigarette

  • regular smokers have a slightly LOWER blood pressure compared with non-smokers - probably largely due to them being slimmer

  • smoking may be associated with malignant hypertension secondary to renal artery stenosis

  • hypertension and smoking are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease

Last reviewed 08/2021