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January 22, 1973

Association of Increased Height With Renovascular Hypertension

Author Affiliations

Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis

JAMA. 1973;223(4):440-441. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220040054022

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To the Editor.—  In Goldman and associates' article in The Journal (221:378, 1972) it was indicated that there is a relationship between obesity and essential hypertension (EH). "On the other hand, no such relationship was found between obesity and hypertension in which hypertension was due to renal artery stenosis" [either atherosclerotic (AS) or fibromuscular (FH)]. Males and females with EH were approximately 15% heavier than their respective ideal weights. Patients with AS or FH on an average weighed close to the ideal weight.Based on the data presented there are striking differences in the heights of female patients with EH compared to AS or FH. The authors have not commented on these differences. Females with EH have a mean height close to 1.62 meters (5 ft 4 in), which approximates the national average. However, females with AS and FH average more than 1.72 meters (5 ft 8 in) in height.