Treatment of Hypertension

The current JNC VII guidelines recommend that antihypertensive therapy should start with a thiazide diuretic or a b-adrenoceptor antagonist as the first choice and newer drugs should only be added in special circumstances.1 Some investigators disagree, however, with the JNC recommendations and feel that drugs inhibiting RAS - ACE inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) - should be the first-line drugs in the treatment of hypertension, since they provide benefits beyond blood pressure reduction. Extended-release formulations of calcium antagonists are also often used as first-line therapy.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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