Author in the Room: Hypertension Treatment

April 2005 Author in the Room® Teleconference

 

Author: Jackson T. Wright, Jr., MD, PhD, FACP

 

Article: "Outcomes in Hypertensive Black and Nonblack Patients Treated With Chlorthalidone, Amlodipine, and Lisinopril"

 

Summary Points:

  • Thiazide-type diuretics are safe and effective for the treatment of blood pressure in both blacks and non-blacks.
  • The effects of thiazide-type diuretics in reducing blood pressure and clinical outcomes overwhelm the observed adverse metabolic affects of those medications.
  • A standardized and inexpensive approach to initial blood pressure management is possible and should be adopted.
  • Methods of monitoring and improving antihypertensive use are warranted.
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