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Articles  |   October 2000
Hypertension and renal artery stenosis: a complex clinical scenario
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Cardiovascular Disorders / Hypertension/Kidney Disease
Articles   |   October 2000
Hypertension and renal artery stenosis: a complex clinical scenario
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2000, Vol. 100, 5S-9S. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2000, Vol. 100, 5S-9S. doi:
Abstract

Hypertension remains the most common reason for patients to visit physicians in the United States. Although awareness of hypertension among patients continues to increase, adequate control of hypertension remains poor. In addition, as the population of patients with hypertension ages, atherosclerosis becomes increasingly prevalent. Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis is the most common secondary cause of hypertension and can cause hypertension to be difficult to control. Atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis may also result in chronic renal insufficiency. The physician must be aware of the clinical scenarios in which renal artery stenosis may occur, methods of diagnosis, and indications for intervention.