Hypertension and the Heart (SD Solomon and O Vardeny, Section Editors)

Current Hypertension Reports

, 16:457

First online:

Current Therapeutic Approaches to Cardio-Protection in Hypertension

  • David ParraAffiliated withSection of Clinical Pharmacy, Veterans Affairs Medical Center West Palm BeachDepartment of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Email author 
  • , Augustus HoughAffiliated withSection of Clinical Pharmacy, Veterans Affairs Medical Center West Palm Beach

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Abstract

Targeting a specific blood pressure based upon patient risk has been the approach to reducing cardiovascular risk in patients with hypertension. Drug selection was based upon compelling indications with titration and the addition of other agents as needed until the blood pressure target was achieved. However, new information has emerged describing improved methods for measuring blood pressure, a re-evaluation of blood pressure targets and additional therapeutic approaches that together may further reduce cardiovascular risk in patients with hypertension.

Keywords

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring Antihypertensive drugs Blood pressure Blood pressure determination Cardiovascular disease Chronotherapy Hypertension Hypertension resistant to conventional therapy Impedance cardiography Individualized medicine Masked hypertension White coat hypertension