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American Journal of the Medical Sciences:
COSEHC-Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control-11th Annual Meeting

Addressing the Global Cardiovascular Risk of Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, Diabetes Mellitus, and the Metabolic Syndrome in the Southeastern United States, Part II: Treatment Recommendations for Management of the Global Cardiovascular Risk of Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, Diabetes Mellitus, and the Metabolic Syndrome.

Bestermann, William MD; Houston, Mark C. MD; Basile, Jan MD; Egan, Brent MD; Ferrario, Carlos M. MD; Lackland, Dan DrPH; Hawkins, Ralph G. MD; Reed, James MD; Rogers, Philip MD; Wise, Daniel MD; Moore, Michael A. MD

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Abstract

An aggressive global approach to screening and to the management of the metabolic syndrome is recommended to slow the growth of the syndrome throughout the United States. Prevention should begin in childhood with healthy nutrition, daily physical activity, and annual measurement of weight, height, and blood pressure beginning at 3 years of age. Such screenings will identify cardiovascular risk factors early, allow the health care provider to define global cardiovascular risk with the COSEHC Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Tool, and allow treatment of each risk factor. Lifelong lifestyle modifications and pharmacologic therapy will be required in most patients. Antihypertensive therapy for these patients should begin with an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker unless a compelling indication for another drug is present. Metformin should be considered the first drug for glucose control in the patient with type 2 diabetes. A statin should be used initially for hyperlipidemia unless contraindicated. Combinations of antihypertensive, antiglycemic, and lipid-lowering agents will often be required.

© Copyright 2005 Southern Society for Clinical Investigation

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