In epidemiologic and experimental studies, hypertension has been shown to both accelerate atherosclerotic vascular disease and increase the incidence of clinical complications. The mechanism underlying these outcomes remains to be proven. Of note, uncertainty remains as to what the primary and secondary factors are in a typically multifactorial syndrome (these can be divided into modifiable and nonmodifiable types and include hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, age, sex, physical inactivity, and obesity). In addition, all patients are advised to stop tobacco use because smoking doubles the risk for stroke.
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