Roland, Fredy P.
June 1963
Angiology;Jun1963, Vol. 14 Issue 6, p333
Academic Journal
A review of 10 major articles which propose different classifications to establish a hypertension severity index is presented. A discussion of the gravity index to be given for the renal, cardiac, cerebral status in hypertension is given. Proteinuria and a specific gravity concentration test are retained for the renal classification. Left ventricular hypertrophy, abnormal ECG, dyspnea, angina, past history of myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure, present congestive heart failure, clearing or not with treatment, are used for the cardiac classification. Headache, dizziness, cerebral thrombosis, cerebral hemorrhage and encephalopathy are retained for the cerebral classification. It should be noted that these tests for a hypertension severity index are easy for every physician to perform and do not require hospitalization to permit more frequent evaluations of the evolution or regression of the hypertensive vascular disease.


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