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Overview: Managing Hypertension

The full newsletter "Managing Hypertension," prescribing information and CME self-assessment are free for both AMA members and non-members.

High blood pressure (BP) or hypertension is the most common diagnosis made in a physician office. High blood pressure is arguably the most important modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), cerebrovascular disease, and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

In "Managing Hypertension" physicians will learn:

  • What medications are actually being prescribed for hypertension compared to the recommendations of the JNC-7.
  • That the major use of thiazide diuretics are in fixed dose combinations with other antihypertensive medications.
  • That ACE Inhibitors, thiazide diuretics, and beta-blockers are equally popular among prescribers
  • That the use of beta-blockers remains high despite concerns about whether these agents confer significant protection against stroke and chronic kidney disease.
  • That all thiazide diuretics are not equal in effectiveness
  • What the alternatives are to diuretics in elderly patient with isolated systolic hypertension
  • What are the recommended drugs for the treatment of hypertension in diabetic patients

The full newsletter will provide you further insights into the use of these agents through an series of evidence-based clinical case studies.

View the full newsletter "Managing Hypertension" and learn how to receive CME credit. Newsletters are available to all physicians, not just AMA members.