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Hypertension – the present and the future for diagnosis

Beverly Bostock-Cox details developments in the diagnosis and management of this common condition

Hypertension is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease and is also implicated in a range of other conditions including dementia and kidney disease.1,2,3 Despite this, hypertension rarely causes any symptoms, meaning that the damage is being done ‘silently’.

If hypertension is diagnosed, the treatment may come with side effects which cause the individual being treated to feel less well than they were before treatment commenced. As a result, it is essential to diagnose and treat appropriately, and to communicate the risks and benefits of treatment effectively in order to optimise adherence and outcomes.

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