Identifying and describing a researchable Problem
Essential hypertension is a term used to describe high blood pressure of unknown etiology. According to Messerli, Williamsand Ritz (2007) this condition increases the risks of cerebral damage, renal dysfunction and cardiac disease. In industrialized nations there is a 90% risk of developing hypertension during an individual’s life time. It means blood pressure readings above 120/80 moving towards 140/90(Messerli et.al, 2007).
Approximately, 43 million Americans are hypertensive and using antihypertensive medication. This is 24% of the adult population. There are racial variations with blacks showing an incidence of 32.4%; whites 23.3% Continue reading...