Hypertension revisited: the concept of relative hypertension in congestive heart failure
Fetnat M. Fouad-Tarazi, MDAddress reprint requests to F.M.F-T., Department of Heart and Hypertension Research, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, One Clinic Center, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195.
Robert E. Hobbs, MD
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.