oa South African Family Practice - The influence of common simple investigations on treatment and outcome in hypertensive patients : review article

Volume 54, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Hypertension is a highly prevalent, major, independent contributor to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Hypertension imparts a two-to-threefold increased risk of cardiovascular events.

The prevalence of hypertension is high (at least one in four adults), and it increases with age. In addition, hypertension has a rather large risk ratio, and these two factors contribute to the fact that approximately 35% of atherosclerotic cardiovascular events may be attributable to hypertension.

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