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April 28, 1962

Headache and Hypertension

Author Affiliations

Bronx, N. Y.

From the Division of Medicine (Drs. Moser and Wish) and the Division of Neurology (Dr. Friedman), Montefiore Hospital.

JAMA. 1962;180(4):301-306. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050170033006

A 3-year study of 54 patients with headache and hypertension was undertaken in an attempt to establish criteria for the diagnosis of the so-called "hypertensive headache." Frontal or occipital early morning headaches occurred most frequently, but the type of headache could not be clearly defined. Headaches frequently antedated the onset of hypertension. Over 50 per cent of patients experienced either relief from headache or significant fall in blood pressure after antihypertensive drug therapy. Less than 30 per cent, however, noted relief of headache and a satisfactory blood pressure response. Of 1,296 patients analyzed, only 20.5 per cent of those with hypertension had migraine headaches. Only 35.4 per cent of those with migraine had hypertension.