The treatment of hypertension

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1. A 'retrospective' of the development of the drug treatment of hypertension is presented from the early days of ganglion blockers to the present time together with a review of the evidence of benefit from treatment. 2. Current issues and debates are summarised including shortfalls in the control of hypertension in populations, difficulties surrounding the measurement of blood pressure, disagreement on the levels of blood pressure to treat, the goal blood pressures to aim at, issues surrounding lifestyle measures such as the low salt: diet and low intensity exercise, and treatment with diuretics and with calcium antagonists. 3. A 'perspective' is presented on some avenues for progress in the years ahead. These will include the identification of genetic markers to determine the hypertensive individuals with the greatest risk of death and of cardiovascular complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Calcium antagonists
  • Combination therapy
  • Diuretics
  • Drug therapy
  • Goals of treatment
  • Lifestyle measures
  • Measurement of blood pressure
  • Morbidity and mortality
  • Target organ damage
  • Threshold for treatment


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