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FAMILY PRACTICE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 193-199

Resistant hypertension: an approach to management in primary care


1 Department of Medicine, Redcliffe Hospital, Queensland, Australia
2 Department of Medicine, Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Julian P Yaxley
Department of Medicine, Redcliffe Hospital, Queensland
Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.154630

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Hypertension is widely encountered in family medicine. Despite its prevalence, many patients have uncontrolled or difficult-to-control blood pressure. Resistant hypertension is defined as hypertension that is poorly responsive to treatment and requires the use of multiple medications to achieve acceptable blood pressure ranges. It may be a consequence of secondary hypertension or have no identifiable cause. Resistant hypertension is important to recognise because it places patients at risk of end-organ damage. Primary care physicians should be aware of the therapeutic approach for hypertension when traditional therapy fails. This article aims to familiarise readers with the evaluation and management of resistant hypertension by outlining the most recent evidence-based treatment options.


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