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Vascular, cardiac and renal target organ damage associated to arterial hypertension: which noninvasive tools for detection? Journal of Human Hypertension (IF3.012), Pub Date : 2020-02-10, DOI: 10.1038/s41371-020-0307-7 Francesca Cortese,Annagrazia Cecere,Anna Maria Cortese,Andrea Andriani,Luigi Truncellito,Federica Valente,Paola Giordano,Marco Matteo Ciccone
Arterial hypertension is a systemic condition characterized by elevated blood pressure in the vascular system. Despite the great effort of scientific community to sensitize population to the problem, enforcing the preventive and treatment measures, this condition continues to be responsible for a large portion of global mortality, as it represents one of the major modifiable risk factors of cardiovascular disease. The significant and substantial clinical implications of high blood pressure on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are explained by the effect of hypertension on specific organs, particularly sensitive to the effects of changes in blood pressure, resulting cardiac remodeling, cerebrovascular disease, renal failure, atherosclerotic vascular disease, and retinopathy, hence the term "target organ damage". The aim of this review is to give an overview of several noninvasive tools useful in the detection of organ damage related to arterial hypertension.