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30 June 2008

Drug-Resistant High Blood Pressure is On the Rise

High blood pressure, the most commonly diagnosed condition in the United States, is becoming increasingly resistant to drugs that lower it.

The problem is not that the medications have stopped working, but that many blood-pressure patients are sicker to begin with and require more drugs at greater dosages, but to less effect.

This is especially worrisome given recent estimate that one in three Americans have hypertension, an underlying cause of heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and heart failure.


* New York Times June 24, 2008

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