Pheochromocytoma is a non-cancerous tumor of the adrenal gland. This tumor manifests in the one or both of the adrenal glands, which are located above the kidneys. Normally these glands produce hormones for almost every organ in your body. If a tumor obstructs these glands, an excessive amount of hormones is released and causes severe high blood pressure. This increase can then lead to other systemic body problems and cardiovascular problems. Pheochromocytoma is a very rare disease that usually affects people aged between 20 and 50. Surgery to remove the benign growth will often repair blood pressure levels and expel other systems.
High blood pressure is known as a "silent killer" because of its quietness in regards to symptoms. Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushes against the walls of your blood vessels. When this force is too high, it's considered high blood pressure, or hypertension. In most cases, you might not know you have high blood pressure, although it can come with other symptoms such as dizziness and facial flushes. When linked to pheochromocytoma, the key is to determine if your adrenal glands are blocked by a growth or tumor.
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