Definition and classification of hypertension: An update

Thomas D. Giles, Barry J. Materson, Jay N. Cohn, John B. Kostis

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Since the publication of a paper by the American Society of Hypertension, Inc. Writing Group in 2003, some refinements have occurred in the definition of hypertension. Blood pressure is now recognized as a biomarker for hypertension, and a distinction is made between the various stages of hypertension and global cardiovascular risk. This paper discusses the logic underlying the refinements in the definition of hypertension. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2009;11:611-614.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-614
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Hypertension
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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