Debbie L. Cohen, MD; Raymond R. Townsend, MD
Cohen DL, Townsend RR. Hypertension. Ann Intern Med. 2008;149:ITC6-1. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-149-11-200812020-01006
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2008;149(11):ITC6-1.
Editor's Note: This issue of In the Clinic has been updated.
Hypertension affects more than 65 million people in the United States, with about 2 million new cases diagnosed annually (1, 2). Most patients have primary or essential hypertension and are likely to remain hypertensive for life. Risk factors for hypertension include a family history of hypertension, African-American ethnicity, obesity, a high sodium or alcohol intake, and a sedentary lifestyle. Treatment to control blood pressure level reduces the risk for cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and renal outcomes of hypertension. Unfortunately, many people with hypertension do not receive optimal therapy.
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