Monitoring hypertension: how and why
How many of your patients know their last blood pressure measurement? And for the few who do, what are the important numbers?
Jon Waterfield focuses on some of the more pragmatic questions associated with hypertension and looks at some of the current debates in terms its monitoring and assessing cardiovascular risk
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of monitoring blood pressure at home?
- What extent of blood pressure lowering can be expected through lifestyle modifications?
- What are the thresholds for initiating antihypertensive treatment?
Before reading on, think about how this article may help you to do your job better.
Summary Hypertension is a major but modifiable contributory factor in cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and coronary heart disease. The main driver for the close monitoring and management of hypertension is the reduction in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
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Jon Waterfield, MSc, MRPharmS, is a principal lecturer in pharmacy practice at Leicester School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11027465
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