Oct 1, 2005 Issue
New AHA Recommendations for Blood Pressure Measurement [Practice Guidelines]

The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a new set of recommendations for the measurement of blood pressure to increase accuracy of clinic readings, and in recognition of major changes over the past 10 years (including the prohibition of mercury in many countries).

Aug 15, 2005 Issue
Olmesartan (Benicar) for Hypertension [STEPS]

Olmesartan is a safe and effective antihypertensive agent. There is no evidence that olmesartan is more effective than other ARBs or ACE inhibitors. The longest peer-reviewed studies of olmesartan are of two months’ duration; thus, there is no evidence showing olmesartan’s long-term benefit for cardiovascular or all-cause mortality.

Jun 1, 2005 Issue
Improving Adherence to Treatment for Hypertension [Cochrane for Clinicians]

The most effective strategy to improve patient compliance with antihypertensive medication is to simplify the dosing regimen. There is more limited evidence to support a variety of motivational strategies. Patient education alone is ineffective.

May 15, 2005 Issue
Improving the Quality of Care for Patients with Hypertension [Practice Guidelines]

Mar 1, 2005 Issue
Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents [Practice Guidelines]

The National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents has issued its Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.

Mar 1, 2005 Issue
Antiplatelet Therapy and Anticoagulation in Patients with Hypertension [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Antiplatelet agents should not be used in patients with hypertension and no previous history of heart attack or stroke. However, these agents are recommended for use in hypertensive patients who already have vascular disease. Anticoagulants should not be used for prevention of vascular events, alone...

Feb 1, 2005 Issue
Management of Hypertension in Older Persons [Article]

Antihypertensive therapy has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality in older patients with elevated systolic or diastolic blood pressures. This benefit appears to persist in patients older than 80 years, but less than one third of older patients have adequate blood pressure control. Systolic b...

Jun 15, 2004 Issue
Metabolic Syndrome: Time for Action [Article]

The constellation of dyslipidemia (hypertriglyceridemia and low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol), elevated blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance, and central obesity is identified now as metabolic syndrome, also called syndrome X. Soon, metabolic syndrome will overtake cigarette ...

Mar 15, 2004 Issue
Initial Evaluation of Hypertension [Point-of-Care Guides]

The Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure recently released its seventh report (JNC 7). This guideline takes a largely evidence-based approach to the development of recommendations. Key changes from the previous guideline (JNC VI, 1997) i...

Feb 15, 2004 Issue
Eplerenone (Inspra) for Hypertension [STEPS]

Compared with other commonly used antihypertensive medications, eplerenone is effective in lowering blood pressure when used alone or as add-on therapy. However, mortality benefits related to antihypertensive treatment have not yet been shown, so it should not be considered a first-line treatment for hypertension.

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