Hypertension Management: Evidence-Based Guidelines


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About the Course
This program is intended to provide a hypertension treatment overview. Safe and effective prescribing decisions must be guided by an in-depth understanding of each agent: how it works, how to dose it, anticipated adverse events, drug interactions, etc. When combination drugs are included, there may be as many as 200 different pharmacological options (both individual agents as well as combination products) that are approved by FDA for the treatment of hypertension. As a result, this educational program is designed only to highlight the major categories of therapeutics by identifying key products and characterizing them as a class. To provide perspective, an effort was made to provide highlights of clinically meaningful outcomes studies for the various drug classes.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the reader should be able to:
  • Interpret clinical findings in relation to the different stages of high blood pressure, including elevated blood pressure, Stage 1 hypertension, and Stage 2 hypertension.
  • Describe social, environmental, and biological factors implicated in the development of hypertension.
  • Explain the lifestyle changes recommended to prevent and manage hypertension.
  • Differentiate between the classes of medications used to treat hypertension and their side effect profiles.
  • Apply drug information to choose appropriate hypertension treatment regimens based on patient factors.
  • Describe racial, ethnic, and age-related considerations in the treatment of hypertension.
  • Discuss the treatment of gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and hypertensive emergencies.
About the Author
Katie Blair, PharmD, RPh
, is a pharmacist and freelance writer specializing in pharmacy education. She works as a consultant pharmacist in Vancouver, Washington, serving long-term care facilities in the area. She also has over 6 years of experience working as a staff pharmacist at a community pharmacy in Seattle. Dr. Blair graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 2009 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She has done freelance work writing and revising continuing education programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and nurses, as well as writing practice questions for various pharmacy technician exams.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Quiz Questions either integrated throughout or all at the end of the course.
    • These questions are NOT GRADED. The questions are included to help affirm what you have learned from the course.
    • The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If the incorrect answer is selected, a Rationale for the correct answer is provided. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Nursing Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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