G. W. PICKERING, F.A.C.P.(Hon.)
It has long been suspected that inheritance is concerned in the pathogenesis of essential hypertension because of the frequency with which a history of death from stroke or heart disease in close relatives is obtained. One of the most important attempts to detect whether a genetic factor was concerned and to identify it was that of Weitz1 of Tubingen in 1923. Weitz made a careful study of 82 patients with hypertension attending the polyclinic. Accepting death from a stroke or heart disease as evidence of hypertension, he found that 76.8% of his patients with hypertension had a positive family history,
PICKERING GW. THE GENETIC FACTOR IN ESSENTIAL HYPERTENSION1. Ann Intern Med. ;43:457–464. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-3-457
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(3):457-464.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Hypertension, Nephrology.
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