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.

Nov 15, 2003 Issue
Screening for High Blood Pressure [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for high blood pressure and the supporting scientific evidence.

Sep 1, 2003 Issue
New Developments in the Management of Hypertension [Article]

The management of hypertension has evolved over the past decade. Isolated systolic blood pressure elevation, the most common form of uncontrolled hypertension, is recognized as a significant risk factor for vascular complications in patients with hypertension. Nutritional management of hypertension ...

Jul 15, 2003 Issue
NHLBI Releases New High Blood Pressure Guidelines [Practice Guidelines]

New guidelines for the prevention and management of hypertension are available from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). According to the NHLBI, hypertension affects about 50 million persons in the United States.

Jun 1, 2003 Issue
Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring: Clinical Utility in the Family Practice Setting [Article]

Although the percentage of patients who are treated for hypertension has increased, the percentage of those who demonstrate control of blood pressure has declined. As a result of this trend, clinicians may increasingly rely on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to improve the diagnosis and treatme...

Jan 1, 2003 Issue
Diagnosing Secondary Hypertension [Article]

Secondary hypertension is elevated blood pressure that results from an underlying, identifiable, often correctable cause. Only about 5 to 10 percent of hypertension cases are thought to result from secondary causes. The ABCDE mnemonic can be used to help determine a secondary cause of hypertension: ...

Oct 1, 2002 Issue
Controlling Hypertension in Patients with Diabetes [Article]

Hypertension and diabetes mellitus are common diseases in the United States. Patients with diabetes have a much higher rate of hypertension than would be expected in the general population. Regardless of the antihypertensive agent used, a reduction in blood pressure helps to prevent diabetic complic...

Aug 1, 2002 Issue
Using ACE Inhibitors Appropriately [Article]

When first introduced in 1981, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors were indicated only for treatment of refractory hypertension. Since then, they have been shown to reduce morbidity or mortality in congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, diabetes mellitus, chronic renal insuffici...

Aug 1, 2002 Issue
Managing Hypertension in Athletes and Physically Active Patients [Article]

Athletes and other physically active patients should be screened for hypertension and given appropriate therapy if needed. Mild hypertension should be treated with non-pharmacologic measures for six months. If blood pressure control is adequate, lifestyle modifications are continued. If control is i...

Jul 15, 2001 Issue
NHBPEP Report on High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy: A Summary for Family Physicians [Article]

The National High Blood Pressure Education Program's Working Group on High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy recently issued a report implicating hypertension as a complication in 6 to 8 percent of pregnancies. Hypertension in pregnancy is related to one of four conditions: (1) chronic hypertension that p...

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