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N Z Med J. 2013 Aug 16;126(1380):39-45.

Malignant hypertension: a preventable emergency.

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Renal Service, North Shore Hospital, Private Bag 93-503 Takapuna, Auckland 0740, New Zealand. walter.vandermerwe@waitematadhb.govt.nz.

Abstract

The Waitemata Hypertension Clinic Database 2009-2012 (Auckland, New Zealand) was searched for patients meeting the definition of Malignant Hypertension. Eighteen of 565 patients met the criteria. All patients had essential hypertension which was either undiagnosed, untreated or undertreated. Most cases responded satisfactorily to standard drug therapy, but a number were left with significant chronic kidney disease. Malignant hypertension is a life-threatening disease which should be entirely preventable with regular blood pressure checks in primary care.

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