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Heart Groups, CDC Issue New Algorithm for Hypertension Control — Physician’s First Watch

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November 18, 2013

Heart Groups, CDC Issue New Algorithm for Hypertension Control

By Amy Orciari Herman

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.

Reader Comments (6)

Dr B N Panda Physician, Internal Medicine, Bhubaneswar,India

A good beginning. Time will tell if we are correct.

MARK POPIL

interesting and helpful

EA Aguilar-Chavez Medical Student, Emergency Medicine

I find this very interesting and worthwhile. This investigation line will have a deep impact in the future development of the field.

EA Aguilar-Chavez Medical Student, Emergency Medicine

I find this very interesting and worthwhile. This investigation line will have a deep impact in the future development of the field.

YAIRA LOOR Medical Student, Pathology

I'm interested

Madhuri motamarri MBBS DWH PG dip dia Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice, Ireland

Good journal helpful

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