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The Risk of Hypertension: Genesis and Detection

  • U. Laaser

Abstract

Epidemiology, a method of scientific investigation developed during the 19th century (by William Farr in 1839 and John Snow in 1849), contributed decisively after World War II to the study of noninfectious common diseases, especially cardiovascular disorders. The start of the Framingham Study in 1948 is an example. The classic definition of epidemiology was given by MacMahon and Pugh as the “investigation of the distribution of determinants of morbidity in man.”39 Further, the same authors went on to describe epidemiology according to its main concern: the identification of the components of the disease process that make possible the formulation of effective preventive measures.40 In this way, the essential features of epidemiologic research (the population-related analysis of incidence, cause, and effects of the disease) were directed toward its final purpose: the interruption and therefore prevention of a disease process by intervention, i.e., the calculated interference with the genesis and course of the disease as early as possible.

Keywords

Salt Intake Hypertensive Heart Disease Blood Pressure Variation Blood Pressure Screening Hard Physical Activity 
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