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Why does the hypertension headache myth persist?
Patients often tell their physicians, “I know when my blood pressure is high because I get a headache”. The relation of headache to hypertension has been debated in the medical literature for almost a century. Janeway observed it in a large clinical study of hypertensive patients (systolic blood pressure > 160 mm Hg) in 1913.1 He described the “typical” hypertensive headache as non-migrainous, present upon awakening and resolving during the morning. However, his illustrative case histories are somewhat misleading because they all had malignant hypertension and systolic pressures …
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