oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Hypertension : a review of antihypertensive medication, past and present : review
|Article Title||Hypertension : a review of antihypertensive medication, past and present : review|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||SA Pharmaceutical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and 2 Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University|
|Publication Date||Mar 2015|
|Pages||17 - 25|
|Keyword(s)||Angiotensin II-receptor blockers, Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, Antihypertensive agents, Calcium-channel blockers, Fixed-dose combination therapy and Hypertension|
This article provides an overview of the changes that have taken place in the diagnosis and management of hypertension over the past decade. Hypertension remains a very common condition seen in South Africa. The approach to the management of hypertension includes necessary lifestyle modifications and a decisive, stepwise escalation process in the pharmacotherapeutic management thereof. Thiazide diuretics are still being promoted by most guidelines to be the initial (first-line) drug of choice, with the addition of other suitable antihypertensive agents, if necessary, and according to any relevant co-morbid conditions.
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