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Monitoring hypertension: how and why

By Jon Waterfield

Monitoring hypertensionHow 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

 

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  1. CPD logoWhat are the advantages and disadvantages of monitoring blood pressure at home?
  2. What extent of blood pressure lowering can be expected through lifestyle modifications?
  3. 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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  • Dear Sir or Madam

    Are the references available for this article? My email is address is beela55@hotmail.com, RPS member 1081370.

    Many thanks in advance

    Miss Nabeela Iqbal

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