Hypertension Management Update- Pharmacy Technician

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About 75 million Americans 20 years of age or older have hypertension. This number is expected to increase to more than100 million over the next 15 years. Unfortunately, even with many effective treatments and the promotion of clinical guidelines, only 44% of hypertensive adults reach blood pressure targets. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular and kidney disease. Clinical studies have shown that antihypertensive therapy can reduce heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure by 25%, 40%, and 50%, respectively. Despite the wealth of evidence for the efficacy of various antihypertensive agents, the choice of preferred agents remains hotly debated. The focus has shifted to identification of preferred combinations, since the vast majority of patients require more than one drug to reach blood pressure targets. This issue will review recommendations for initial drug therapy and the current controversies related to specific drug classes. But more importantly, it will discuss approaches to combining antihypertensive agents. Recommendations for lifestyle changes to lower BP such as weight loss, exercise, and diet are also summarized.

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Course Information

Target Audience

Tech 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:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacy Technician : 0428-0000-10-007-H01-T
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.