Hypertension Update 2018
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This issue will bring you up to date on the recent guidelines for the management of hypertension in adults.
• Two guidelines, two definitions of hypertension: The 2017 ACC/AHA guideline defines stage 1 hypertension as a BP of 130/80 mmHg or above.
In contrast, the hypertension guideline from the 8th Joint National Committee (JNC 8) defines hypertension as BP of 140/90 mmHg or above - an ongoing controversy.
• Think preventive: ACC/AHA recommends lifestyle changes for patients with "elevated" BP
and those with stage 1 hypertension who
have a 10-year cardiovascular risk less than 10%.
• First Line Treatments: Both JNC 8 and ACC/AHA recommend
thiazide-type diuretics (TTDs), angiotensin converting
enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs),
angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), and
calcium channel blockers (CCBs) as first line
Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease,
stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease. According to a recent
update from the CDC National Center for Health Statistics,
nearly 30% of adults in the US have hypertension. The rate of
hypertension is similar among women (28%) and men (30%).
It is more common among US non-hispanic black adults than
any other ethnicity. Within age groups, the incidence ranges
from 7.5% among adults 18-39 years old to 63% in those age 60
and older. Of concern is that hypertension control has not been
improving. In 2015-2016, only 48% of adults with hypertension
had achieved control which, at the time, was considered blood
pressure less than 140/90 mmHg.
Recently, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and
the American Heart Association (AHA) released an updated
guideline for the prevention, detection, evaluation and management
of hypertension.2 The 2017 ACC/AHA guideline was
developed and approved in collaboration with 9 other professional
groups, including the American Pharmacists Association
(APhA). A multidisciplinary, team-based approach to hypertension
management is strongly recommended (including the patient,
primary provider, and other professionals such as cardiologists,
nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and dietitians)...
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BCGP is an Associate Professor in the Family Medicine
Department, College of Medicine, at the University of
Oklahoma (OU) School of Community Medicine. She
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At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the JNC 8 and 2017 ACC/AHA guidelines, and describe at least 3 significant differences between them. State the
ACC/AHA definitions for normal blood pressure (BP), elevated BP, stage 1 hypertension and stage 2 hypertension.
- Provide recommendations for initial antihypertensive therapy based on JNC 8 and ACC/AHA guidelines.
- Explain the current role of b-blockers in hypertension management. Discuss considerations in the choice of ACE inhibitors
vs. ARBs; hydrochlorothiazide vs. chlorthalidone; and dihydropyridine (DHP) vs. nonDHP calcium channel blockers.
- Discuss the ACC/AHA recommendations for nondrug management of hypertension, including BP monitoring.
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