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Fast Facts: Hypertension

Fast Facts: Hypertension

Graham A MacGregor | Michael Stowasser


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Hypertension is a highly treatable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, yet it remains underdiagnosed, undertreated and, in many cases, poorly controlled. Sometimes dubbed 'the silent killer', hypertension rarely produces symptoms until it manifests as a heart attack or stroke. Early identification of the condition by routine blood pressure measurement and appropriate ongoing management are therefore vital. In this updated fifth edition of Fast Facts: Hypertension, two authors of international renown provide a practical evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of the condition. The book provides a thorough overview of hypertension, covering: - Accurate measurement of blood pressure and problems such as 'white-coat' hypertension - Routine assessments for people with high blood pressure - Consideration of other modifiable risk factors - smoking, high cholesterol levels, etc. - Non-pharmacological measures that doctors can advise on - reduce salt, lose weight, increase physical activity, etc. - Up-to-date trial results on all the pharmacological options - Special considerations for the treatment of children, pregnant women, the elderly and patients with diabetes. Primary care physicians have a leading role to play in screening for hypertension and ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate treatment. Fast Facts: Hypertension provides a concise readable refresher on this common and potentially devastating condition.
"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
“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
"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
"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.”