Hypertension revisited: the concept of relative hypertension in congestive heart failure

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Although hypertension has been defined numerically as blood pressure levels above 140/90 mmHg, there is no doubt that a blood pressure level within the “normal” range increases the stress on a diseased heart. For this reason, vasodilator therapy is often successful in treating congestive heart failure. The authors propose the term relative hypertension to illustrate the latter situation.



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