Hypertension, essential or not, is an abnormally high blood pressure that may predispose to health problems like heart and cerebrovascular disease.
Dr. Perry Cox on Scrubs has a theory, which he explains to intern Elliot Reid: "I actually had my physical last week, and while my cholesterol was low, my blood pressure was through the roof. Needless to say, my physician was stumped. But now, thank God, you've helped us solve that riddle. You see, because, the very instant I heard your shrill voice whining about a teeny-weeny problem, aw, it took every ounce of self-restraint I had to keep blood from shooting out my ears.