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Research Article

Malignant hypertension and cigarette smoking.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: (Published 03 March 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:581
  1. C A Bloxham,
  2. D G Beevers,
  3. J M Walker


    The smoking habits of 48 patients with malignant hypertension were compared with those of 92 consecutive patients with non-malignant hypertension. Thirty-three of the patients with malignant and 34 of the patients with non-malignant hypertension were smokers when first diagnosed. This difference was significant, and remained so when only men or black and white patients were considered separately. Results suggest that malignant hypertension is yet another disease related to cigarette smoking.