Hypertension is a prevalent health problem and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. It is one of the most important modifiable risk factors for multiple medical problems including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and end-stage renal disease. There are many efficacious antihypertension medications, each with its own indications and side effect profile. Furthermore, new drugs are being developed rapidly. This article features how to diagnose hypertension as well as describes pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment options. The properties, proper use, and side effect profile of each of the nine classes of antihypertension drugs commonly used and three classes of medications on the horizon will be described. The purpose of this manuscript is to familiarize physicians with the antihypertension regimens commonly employed and to introduce drugs which may become available in the near future.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||The Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society : official organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|