oa South African Family Practice - Blood pressure and stroke : review article



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2004;46(7) 10 Hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor for stroke. General practitioners play a pivotal role in stroke risk reduction by screening patients for hypertension, accurately diagnosing hypertension and monitoring the blood pressure lowering response of antihypertensive drugs. Most hypertensive patients will need more than one drug (combination therapy) and the general practitioner is instrumental in updating the script to ensure effective anti-hypertensive therapy to reach goal blood pressure. This health advertorial emphasises the importance of blood pressure control in stroke risk reduction. Death from both ischaemic heart disease and stroke increases progressively and linearly ..


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