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Systemic arterial hypertension has been designated, in many circles, the "disease of the year." Extensive epidemiologic surveys have disclosed that more than 20 million American suffer from this condition, and that as a clinical entity it is a major factor in overall morbidity and mortality statistics through its role in heart disease, renal failure, and stroke. In addition a number of studies have demonstrated that health and longevity are promoted in a hypertensive individual if, once recognized, elevated blood pressure levels are reduced by appropriate therapeutic means. However, since for some 85% of hypertensive patients no correctable course can be
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Hypertension.. Ann Intern Med. 1974;81:868. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-6-868_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(6):868.
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