I think High blood pressure ( like not wearing a safety belt) is best defined as a RISK factor. Hypertensive disease is where there is target organ damage associated with high blood pressure. DISEASE is doctor defined, ILLNESS is patient defined, while SICKNESS is society defined. As a fan of trying to encourage more post-nosological thinking I see these terms only have reality as invented conventions to help us communicate a bit less fuzzily.
On 4 Feb 2011, at 12:27, Saul Galloway <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hypertension as it is usually defined as elevated BP readings, is not
> a disease but a clinical measurement. I don't think weight, or
> hyperkalaemia are diseases either. Measurements outside of the
> "normal" ranges can of cause be *caused* by diseases and other things.
> The current medical view that some blood pressures are "normal" and
> some are "hypertension" is illogical and unhelpful (if say your
> interest was in reducing stroke events).
> On 4 February 2011 10:00, Adrian Midgley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 3 February 2011 00:10, Saul Galloway <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> ... or finally debunk the myth that hypertension is a disease at all.
>>> It is not. It *is* a risk factor
>> Too definite.
>> It is probably more than one disease, but it is certainly a disorder of one
>> or more important regulatory systems.
>> Adrian Midgley http://www.defoam.net/