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"
- 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.