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)
Pages (from-to)581
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 15 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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