You are going to pin him down on his use of the phrase. If he means HYPERTENSION, then he should have his shingle pulled for overstating the case (like "drop dead from a stroke" kind of nonsense.)
It's a loose term but generally
HYPERTENSIVE HEART DISEASE |
Background: Uncontrolled and prolonged elevation of blood pressure (BP) can lead to a variety of changes in the myocardial structure, coronary vasculature, and conduction system of the heart. These changes can lead to development of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), coronary artery disease, various conduction system diseases, and systolic and diastolic dysfunction of the myocardium, which present clinically as angina or myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias (especially atrial fibrillation), and congestive heart failure (CHF). Hypertensive heart disease thus is a term applied generally to heart diseases, such as LVH, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and CHF, caused by direct or indirect effects of elevated BP. Although these diseases generally develop in response to chronically elevated BP, marked, acute elevation of BP also can lead to accentuation of an underlying predisposition to any of the symptoms traditionally associated with chronic hypertension.
You need to see an EXPERT cardiologist to determine where in this spectrum you lie...from relatively benign (uncomplicated hypertension) to the most serious (probably heart failure.)
Your GP is probably WAY out of his league here!
Please don't let the term throw you for a loop until you get some hard facts...clean arteries are a big plus in your favor.
Here's a COMPLETELY non-commercial link that is specific to this topic and quite thorough by Drs. Riaz, Forker and Ahmed: