Heart Groups, CDC Issue New Algorithm for Hypertension Control

A science advisory from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and CDC — designed as a “call to action for broad-based efforts to improve hypertension awareness, treatment, and the proportion of patients treated and controlled” — includes a new, simple algorithm for controlling hypertension in adults.

The algorithm emphasizes the importance of lifestyle modification as first-line therapy for all patients with stage 1 or 2 hypertension. In addition, a thiazide may initially be considered in certain stage 1 patients (e.g., those with heart failure or diabetes), while two drugs (e.g., a thiazide plus ACE inhibitor) are preferred for stage 2 patients.

The algorithm can be found on page 14 of the free PDF linked below.

– See more at Journal Watch

http://www.sbuim.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Hypertension-2013.pdf

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