oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Hypertension : common patient presentations in the developing world - : main article

Volume 24, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Hypertension is an increasing problem in the developing world because of urbanisation and changes in lifestyle. <BR>Screening and case finding is important in the detection of hypertension. <BR>Patients in the developing world are likely to present with symptoms of end-organ damage. <BR>Hypertensive crises may be urgencies or emergencies. <BR>The prevalence of dementia and cognitive dysfunction is increased in hypertensive patients. <BR>Some patients will present with symptoms indicative of chronic kidney disease. <BR>In 90% of patients heart failure is preceded by hypertension. <BR>There is a known concordance of diabetes and hypertension. <BR>Obstructive sleep apnoea is an acknowledged cause of hypertension. <BR>Urinary flow obstruction and pregnancy can aggravate or cause hypertension.

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