Systemic Hypertension: Diagnostic Implications

  • Noble O. Fowler


Systemic hypertension is an extremely common condition that affects 10% to 25% of adult Americans. It is even more common in black Americans and in the elderly. As many as 58,000,000 Americans have hypertension (1988 Joint National Committee, 1988). Through its effects in increasing the risk of stroke, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, renal failure, ruptured intracranial aneurysm, dissecting aortic aneurysm, and retinopathy, it is a leading cause of death and disability. In the absence of complications, it is usually asymptomatic; thus, periodic screening examinations are important to its detection.


Primary Hyperaldosteronism Systemic Hypertension Renovascular Hypertension Aortic Coarctation Joint National Committee 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noble O. Fowler
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  1. 1.Division of CardiologyUniversity of Cincinnati Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA

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