n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Essential hypertension : main article




Recently it became clear that the risk for cardiovascular events starts at a BP level of 115 / 75 mmHg. Thereafter the risk is a continuous linear one. <BR>The presence of other risk factors (elevated glucose, elevated cholesterol, smoking) and target organ damage increases the CVD risk. <BR>Attaining goal BP ( < 140 / 90 mmHg or < 130 / 80 mmHg in high-risk patients) should be pursued even if it implies using multiple drugs. <BR>Lowering BP is more important than the type of drug used. <BR>Further CVD risk reduction should be possible by treating risk factors, especially adding a statin to control cholesterol.


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