ROBERT C. TARAZI, M.D.
Hypertension poses a unique challenge to modern medicine: the problem of lifelong, daily drug therapy for an asymptomatic disease. Preventive medicine has usually dealt with intermittent vaccinations, public health measures, and general advice on diet and exercise; in conditions needing continued therapy or restrictions such as diabetes mellitus, phenylketonuria, or rheumatic heart disease, nonadherence to preventative measures has relatively rapidly led to serious symptoms and ill health. Not so for hypertension; in that condition, drug treatment for life is often based on a single physical sign (high blood pressure) rather than dictated by the patient's symptoms. These difficulties considered, the
TARAZI RC. Long-Term Effective Antihypertensive Therapy. Ann Intern Med. ;93:771–772. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-5-771
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(5):771-772.
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