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I-Kuan Wang, Division of Nephrology, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan, and his team looked at data on 26 651 women in Taiwan with hypertensive disorders in their first pregnancy to determine whether there was an increased risk of end-stage renal disease compared with a group of 213 397 women without the disorders.
The most striking result of the study was that unmedicated hypertensive adults who also carried a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, showed much higher amyloid levels than all other groups.
One-third of hypertensive patients are given more than three medications for their daily regimen because they have other medical conditions.
Of a subset of 2,907 participants with hypertension who were part of the prospective population-based study, 1,354 had mild hypertensive retinopathy, 146 had moderate hypertensive retinopathy, and 1 had severe hypertensive retinopathy; 165 developed incident stroke, including 146 with cerebral infarction and 15 with hemorrhagic stroke, during a mean of 13 years of follow-up.
The primary outcome measures were hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and gestational diabetes.
Researchers concluded this meta-analysis suggests garlic supplementation is superior to placebo in reducing BP in hypertensive patients, especially in those with high SBP.
In addition, the trial revealed a statistically significant reduction of hospitalized hypertensive crisis events in the treatment versus control group.
There is a strong relationship between hypertension and education level: individuals with no formal education are more likely to be hypertensive (11.
Perhaps the most clinically relevant association between findings of hypertensive retinopathy and systemic disease comes from Wong and Mitchell.
A study in the Journal of Physiology reports that hypertensive individuals who exercise undergo decreased blood flow and oxygen in muscles.
Hypertensive disorder in pregnancy is a condition in which the pregnant woman presents an elevated blood pressure during pregnancy or puerperium as defined in 1986 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) (1-4).

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