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Fast Facts: Hypertension, 5th edn

By Graham A MacGregor and
Michael Stowasser

Published 2016

96 pages, 22 illustrations

ISBN 978-1-910797-03-7


 

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Hypertension is the biggest cause of death and disability in the world, yet it remains underdiagnosed, undertreated and, in many cases, poorly controlled. As in the previous edition, Fast Facts: Hypertension advises on:

  • accurate measurement of blood pressure and problems such as 'white-coat' hypertension
  • routine assessments for people with high blood pressure
  • other modifiable risk factors (smoking, high cholesterol levels etc.)
  • non-pharmacological measures (reducing salt, losing weight, increasing physical activity etc.)
  • rational and effective use of all drug treatments
  • identification of people with secondary hypertension
  • treatment of children, pregnant women, the elderly and patients with diabetes.

Updates in this new edition include:

  • distinguishing between patients with primary (low renin) and secondary aldosteronism
  • greater use of home BP measurement in clinical decision-making
  • the latest thinking on BP treatment thresholds
  • new guidance on fourth-line therapy for resistant hypertension

Sometimes dubbed 'the silent killer', hypertension rarely produces symptoms until it manifests as a heart attack or stroke, so early identification of the condition and appropriate management are vital. This practical readable refresher for every-day use supports better investigation and treatment of high blood pressure by primary care providers and better self-management by patients.

Contents

  • The dangers of raised blood pressure
  • Causes
  • Investigation
  • When to treat
  • How to treat
  • Special patient groups
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Useful resources

Reviews

“Worldwide, raised blood pressure is estimated to cause 7.5 million deaths from cardiovascular diseases, about 12.8% of the total of all deaths, which is shocking considering that with simple preventive or treatment measures, many of these stroke and heart attack deaths could be avoided.  Better investigation and treatment of high blood pressure, and better self-management by patients, is vital for identification and management of the condition.  This updated edition is essential reading for any health professional, not just specialists, and takes into account the latest recommendations in home monitoring and guidance on resistant hypertension.”

Katharine Jenner, CEO, Blood Pressure UK, October 2016

"An important and significant contribution to, and resource for, the field.  The information presented is spot on and highly accurate. Hypertension remains a global crisis and having a high-quality factual guide such as this establishes a platform for implementing simple yet impactful evidence-based guidelines in primary care.” 
The World Hypertension League

"a useful tool for nursing staff in the primary care setting. The format is clear, concise and to the point, and the tables and illustrations are very relevant to the management of Hypertension. I would recommend this book to nurses working in the primary care/general practice setting as a good reference guide for the care of patients with hypertension."
Debbie Limb, University Teacher

"a helpful and accessible book on a very important public health issue. The emphasis on non-pharmacological interventions as well as medical treatment is to be welcomed."
Dr Andrew Furber, President, Association of Directors of Public Health, UK 

“This book clearly emphasizes the recent developments and is an important tool for both high-level clinicians and those working in grassroot-level facilities.”
Dr Mengistu Asnake, President, World Federation of Public Health Associations

 

The authors

Graham A MacGregor

FAHA FRCP Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry London, UK


Michael Stowasser

MBBS FRACP PhD, Professor of Medicine, Hypertension Unit, University of Queensland School of Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia


 

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