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      When Patients Are Rendered Normotensive

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          Hypertension is usually symptomless and associated with little or no alterations in well-being. However, conclusive evidence demonstrates that hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. A reduction of the elevated blood pressure with antihypertensive medication can reduce this risk, but not to that of a normotensive patient. Furthermore, antihypertensive treatment is more effective against stroke and congestive heart failure than against coronary heart disease. Antihypertensive treatment is costly due to its extensive use and life-long indication. Future progress in this area will aim to identify those hypertensive patients at greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, in order to limit treatment to those patients who may benefit most. This paper will consider the effects of blood pressure reduction on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, the differing effects of antihypertensive treatment on the complications of hypertension, and how antihypertensive therapy can be optimized.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-6144-0
          978-3-318-01954-4
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1994
          1994
          18 November 2008
          : 85
          : Suppl 1
          : 58-64
          Affiliations
          Division of Internal Medicine, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, University of Milan, Italy
          Article
          176761 Cardiology 1994;85:58–64
          10.1159/000176761
          7743536
          ebcfa0be-8493-4881-be2d-95e266fd7bac
          © 1994 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 7
          Categories
          Session III: Hypertension – When Is the Clinical Problem Solved?

          General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
          Hypertension,Cardiovascular disease,Antihypertensive treatment

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