It could be time to dump the word hypertension

Researchers have suggested a new reason why so many patients have poorly controlled hypertension: they don’t understand the meaning of the word.

Writing in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Barbara Bokhour and Nancy Kressin of Boston University School of Public Health say the term hypertension is a prime example of medical jargon being misinterpreted by lay people.

In everyday language, the word tension is most associated with emotional