Hypertension is turning out to be more prevalent and more diverse than previously thought. Also, slight elevations of blood pressure are apparently more dangerous than the diagnosis of "mild hypertension" would imply. Even as new studies point up the health benefits of sustained treatment with anti-hypertensive agents, compliance rates remain alarmingly low. Despite an army of 68 anti-hypertensives on the market, in only 21% of the estimated 50 million-plus Americans with hypertension is ...

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