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Hypertension in 2014: Making sense of the guidelines

Scordo, Kristine Anne PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP; Pickett, Kim Anne MS, APRN, CDE

Nurse Practitioner:
doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000446869.87081.9b
Feature: CARDIOVASCULAR: CE Connection
Abstract

Abstract: Hypertension, if not appropriately treated, can lead to stroke, kidney failure, myocardial infarction, and death. Substantial evidence from multiple randomized clinical trials demonstrates the benefit of antihypertensive therapy. Healthcare providers seek scientific evidence by which to base treatments. The purpose of this article is to discuss current hypertension guidelines.

In Brief

If not appropriately treated, hypertension can lead to stroke, kidney failure, myocardial infarction, and death. Substantial evidence from multiple randomized clinical trials demonstrates the benefit of antihypertensive therapy. The purpose of this article is to discuss current hypertension guidelines.

Author Information

Kristine Anne Scordo is a professor and director of the AG-ACNP Program at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Kim Anne Pickett is a family nurse practitioner at Medical Group of the Carolinas (endocrinology), Spartanburg, S.C.

The authors and planners have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins