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Drug treatment of elevated blood pressure


Nelson, M, Drug treatment of elevated blood pressure, Australian Prescriber, 33, (4) pp. 108-112. ISSN 0312-8008 (2010) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.18773/austprescr.2010.055


The decision on when to start drugs for the treatment of elevated blood pressure should be determined by an individual's absolute risk of having an adverse cardiovascular event. The choice of drug depends on its safety and effectiveness and its indications and contraindications for individual patients. most patients will require two or more drugs to reach their target blood pressure. The main classes of antihypertensive drugs are equally effective at reducing blood pressure, but beta blockers are no longer recommended as first-line treatment for most patients.

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Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:antihypertensives, cardiovascular disease, hypertension
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nelson, M (Professor Mark Nelson)
ID Code:65324
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2010-11-03
Last Modified:2011-06-10

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