Hypertension is one of the most important public health problems, affecting 15-20% of the adult population. The so-called "essential" hypertension includes the majority of cases; however, endocrine hypertension should always be suspected and excluded by physicians for at least 2 important reasons: prevalence rates of primary aldosteronism (the most common cause of mineralocorticoid-based hypertension) among hypertensives seem to be much higher than <1% of initial studies, and treatment of endocrine hypertension relies on specific drugs (1) or on surgery. Endocrine hypertension comprises a spectrum of diseases (Table 1).
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Endocrinological Investigation|
|Issue number||7 Suppl|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
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