Hypertension Management in Primary Care: A Review of Current Guidelines 2018
In a study of 1001 Canadians, 40 years of age and older, 44% of individuals could not identify a normal or high blood pressure reading. Approximately 80% of individuals were not aware of the association between hypertension and heart disease and 63% believed that hypertension was not a serious condition. Finally, 38% of people surveyed thought that they could control high blood pressure without the help of a health professional. These findings speak to the overwhelming importance of the pharmacist's role in educating the public about hypertension and associated risks, and identifying individuals in the community who may be at risk for hypertension but are not aware of it.
Hypertension is the most common reason for visiting a physician and the top reason for taking medication. Many "care gaps” exist in hypertension management that community pharmacists can help to fill.
This educational program has been designed to help pharmacists:
- Identify individuals who are at risk for hypertension
- Discuss methods for appropriate diagnosis of hypertension
- Educate patients about proper blood pressure measurement technique and choice of appropriate blood pressure monitoring devices
- Recommend antihypertensive therapy (both lifestyle oriented and pharmacotherapeutic) that is based on the patient's individual needs and the risks associated with hormone therapy
This program entails three self-study modules worth a total of 1.5 CE units.
Module 1: Identification and Assessment of Patients with Hypertension
Module 2: Non-pharmacologic Management of Hypertension
Module 3: Pharmacotherapeutic Management of Hypertension
Disclosures: The author and reviewers have no conflicts of interest to disclose.