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Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2003 Dec;32(4):823-54.

Obesity and hypertension.

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Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Medicine, State University of New York Health Science Center and Veteran Affairs Hospital, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA.


This article has discussed some of the mechanisms involved in the causal relation between obesity and hypertension. Obesity causes a constellation of maladaptive disorders that individually and synergistically contribute to hypertension, among other cardiovascular morbidities. Well-designed population-based studies are needed to assess the individual contribution of each of these disorders to the development of hypertension. In addition, because the control of obesity may eliminate 48% of the hypertension in whites and 28% in blacks, this article has offered an up-to-date on the management of this problem. It is hoped that this article will help scientists formulate a thorough understanding of obesity hypertension and form the basis for more research in this field, which has a huge impact on human life.

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