Hypertension and Renal Failure

R. M. Rosa, W. M. O'Brien

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We read with great interest the article by Kannel et al.1 on the value of the systolic blood pressure as a means of differentiating potential myocardial hypertrophy and congestive heart failure and of correlating with heart weight at autopsy. A few years ago, we derived a discriminant equation that included the initial systolic blood pressure as a clinical variable for predicting which patients with primary hypertension would ultimately die of renal failure.2 The renal-failure group had significantly greater mean initial systolic blood pressure and significantly greater mean heart weight and significantly smaller mean kidney weight at autopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 15 1973

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