Initial Treatment of Hypertension | Harvard Medical School Continuing Education

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Does a diagnosis of hypertension always necessitate pharmacological intervention? What nonpharmalogical interventions are available? Who can benefit from medications to lower blood pressure?

Dr. Michael Honigberg, MD, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, reviews evidence-based nonpharmacological approaches to hypertension treatment, such as diet and exercise interventions. Drawing from the 2017 ACC/AHA guideline recommendations for pharmacotherapy, he outlines how to determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate for antihypertensive medications, and how to prescribe them.

00:00 | Introduction
00:43 | Non-pharmacological interventions to lower blood pressure
03:46 | Determining for whom pharmacotherapy is indicated
05:01 | Prescribing guideline-recommended anti-hypertensive medications

GBD 2018 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators. Global Burden of Disease Study, Lancet. 2018;392(10159):1683-2138.


Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.

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