What are the possible effects of delayed diagnosis of hypertension in hyperaldosteronism?

Updated: Oct 19, 2018
  • Author: George P Chrousos, MD, FAAP, MACP, MACE, FRCP(London); Chief Editor: Robert P Hoffman, MD  more...
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Delayed diagnosis of hypertension can lead to prolonged exposure to hypertension and secondary damage, as well as permanent remodeling of the blood vessels, thereby raising potential medicolegal problems. Differentiation of primary hyperaldosteronism from more common secondary causes is another area where medicolegal problems may arise, whether from failure to discontinue medications, failure to appreciate factors that may confound testing results, or failure to control blood pressure when the relevant medications are stopped.


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