Hypertension is one of the most common entities encountered in clinical practice. It is a major reason for patients to seek medical care and accounts for a substantial portion of the reason for medication prescriptions. Its presence in the hospitalized population increases complexity, morbidity, mortality, and cost of care. Epidemiological estimates indicate that over 25% of the world’s adult population (more than 1 billion people) are currently affected by hypertension. By 2025, the number is predicted to increase by 60% to 1.56 billion.1
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