Ch. 16

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  1. Aldosterone
    A hormone that promotes the retention of sodium and water, which may contribute to a rise in blood pressure.
  2. Angiotensin-Coverting Enzyme
    A naturally occuring enzyme that converts angiotensin I to angiotensin II, which is a powerful vasoconstrictor.
  3. Blood Pressure
    The force of blood against the walls of the arteries.
  4. Endogenous
    Substances normally manufactured by the body.
  5. Essential Hypertension
    Hypertension without a known cause.
  6. Hypertension
    Usually defined as a systolic pressure more than 140 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure more than 90 mm Hg.
  7. Hypokalemia
    Low blood potassium.
  8. Hyponatremia
    Low blood sodium.
  9. Isolated Systolic Hypertension
    A condition of only an elevted systolic pressure.
  10. Malignant Hypertension
    Hypertension in which the diastolic pressure usually exceeds 130 mm Hg.
  11. Secondary Hypertension
    Hypertension in which a direct cause can be identified.
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Ch. 16
2012-04-04 17:38:59
Antihypertensive Drugs

Antihypertensive Drugs
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