Aiming for improved blood pressure control

Keywords: hypertension, blood pressure control, antihypertensive drugs, fixed-dose combination, single pill combination

Abstract

Although hypertension is common, it is inadequately controlled in the vast majority. The benefits of treating high blood pressure (BP ≥ 140/90 mmHg) include significantly reducing cardiovascular events and mortality. This review discusses several evidencebased practical approaches to optimising high blood pressure treatments with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-i) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), calcium-channel blockers (CCBs) and diuretics, often in fixed-dose or flexible single pill combinations.

Author Biographies

J A Ker, University of Pretoria

Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

K Outhoff, University of Pretoria

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Published
2021-10-25
Section
Review