Hypertension Management Update- Pharmacist


  Credits  1.5

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Hypertension is the most common chronic condition seen by primary care providers, affecting 1 out of 3 adults in the United States. In many communities, fewer than half of people with hypertension have their blood pressure (BP) adequately controlled. Hypertension increases the risk of cardiovascular events, stroke, and kidney disease. Epidemiological studies have shown that these risks begin to rise as BP increases above 115/75 mm Hg – ie, starting at levels below those defined as hypertension or even pre-hypertension (Table 1). For every increase of 20/10 mm Hg, the risk of major cardiovascular events, including stroke, approximately doubles. This issue of The Rx Consultant focuses on selected controversies and recent developments in the management of primary (essential) hypertension in adults. These include a new US guideline with new recommendations for when to start treatment; recommended options for initial antihypertensive drug therapy; hypertension management in black people; and an ongoing controversy about dietary sodium. It is important for all providers, including pharmacists, to be up to date on these developments; a team approach may help more patients achieve their BP goals. For background information about hypertension, see the July/August 2010 issue of The Rx Consultant.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-14-012-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.