oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Is a rethink of our approach to hypertension necessary? : guest editorial

Volume 11, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Extracted from text ... South African Journal of Anaesthesia & Analgesia ? November 2005 117 GUEST EDITORIAL 1 Is a rethink of our approach to hypertension necessary? Introduction The risks and management of hypertensive patients for elective anaesthesia are often debated. There is a perception that patients with untreated or ineffectively treated hypertension are at risk, in particular for cardiac and cerebrovascular events. The change in internal to external diameter of the vasculature results in an altered vascular pressure-flow relationship in the hypertensive patient. This gives rise to the exaggerated hypertensive and hypotensive response seen. The hypotensive tendency is aggravated by the diastolic ..

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