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The ideal antihypertensive agent has not yet been found. The 100 preparations currently available can all produce side effects - Carolyn J. Pearce MD

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Hypertension: Are You on More Medication Than You Need?

Are many hypertensive patients being treated with more medication than they need? The recent JNC8 report said yes, but for the wrong reason! It said that in treating people over the age of 60, we should ease up and accept a systolic pressure (the upper number) up to 150 and not bother to keep it below the longstanding target of 140.

In a recent blog I discussed why I and many other hypertension specialists disagree with this recommended change. We’ve achieved a substantial reduction in cardiovascular events, particularly stroke, aiming at the traditional target of 140. There is insufficient evidence to abandon that goal. It does not constitute…

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 Hypertension: Are You on More Medication Than You Need?

Are you on more medication than you need? Here are a few clues that suggest that you might be. If any of them ring true, you shouldn’t make changes on your own, but consider discussing these questions with your physician.

6 Reasons Why Your Blood Pressure Meds Aren’t Working

“Finding the right combination of medications for uncontrolled hypertension may require some trial and error,” says hypertension specialist George Thomas, MD. In his work with patients, Dr. Thomas investigates possible explanations for difficulty in controlling blood pressures. These can include...


There are five main classes of medicines that are used to lower blood pressure. There are various types and brands of medicine in each class.


There are multiple classes of antihypertensive medications used for the treatment of HTN; the most recommended classes used as first-line for treatment are: Thiazide-type diuretics, Calcium channel blockers, Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs).

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