HIGH blood pressure, a reflection of many underlying disease conditions, is prevalent and commonly fatal, but it is not in itself incompatible with a long and active life. The problem of caring for the afflicted has become so vital in the discussion of diagnosis and treatment that the literature on the subject is voluminous and repetition of outmoded methods for the recognition, alleviation and cure of this symptom frequently conceals the basic pathologic processes, without disclosing any beneficial therapy. In an aging population, in which the stresses and strains of life are increasingly evident in the violent conflicts of emotions and ideologies, the vascular system of man reflects the conditions under which he exists. In the medical world, this effect is most pronounced in what is designated as cardiovascular-renal disease.
The reactions to anxiety differ greatly. A given grade of vascular hypertension may produce a wide variety of symptoms and
ARTHUR J. BEDELL. OPHTHALMOSCOPY AND OPERATIONS FOR REDUCTION OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. Arch Ophthalmol. 1948;40(5):483–492. doi:10.1001/archopht.1948.00900030496001