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Circulatory Disorders Are Primary Care Lifeblood

Circulatory Disorders Are Primary Care Lifeblood


All About Circulatory Disease and Hypertension

In the first article in this series, “Top 10 Reasons Why Patients Come to Primary Care,” we analyzed the leading diagnostic categories in primary care and how they may affect your practice.

In the second article, we highlighted the number 1 diagnostic category in primary care: respiratory disorders.

This installment features the number 2 diagnostic category—circulatory disorders—which includes the most common diagnosis in primary care—hypertension.

Of more than 1.25 billion ambulatory care visits to physician offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments in the United States in 2009-2010, close to 97 million visits were for diseases of the circulatory system.

The circulatory disorders include cardiac dysrhythmias, coronary atherosclerosis, congestive heart failure, cerebrovascular disease, “other heart disease,” “other diseases of the circulatory system”—and, most notably, hypertension.

Find the latest information about circulatory disease, a vital diagnostic category, in the pages that follow.


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