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A patient with Hypertension Uncontrolled by Previous treatment

By B. Waeber


Co-administration of antihypertensive agents with different modes of action is required in most hypertensive patients to control blood pressure. This led to the development of fixed-dose combinations of established efficacy and tolerability, with the convenience of a single tablet facilitating long-term adherence with therapy. Blockade of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is widely used in hypertensive patients, particularly in those at high risk of cardiovascular or renal diseases. There is therefore a strong rationale for including a blocker of the RAS in fixed combinations, together with either a diuretic or a calcium antagonist. Patient characteristics and cardiovascular risk profiles are useful in guiding the choice of combinations administered. Adding a diuretic or a calciumantagonist to aRAS blocker is a valuable option in practically all patients, whether or not they have comorbidities. Amajor task is to individualize the treatment, ie, to find a drug regimen that normalizes the patient's blood pressure while preserving his or her quality of life. This can be achieved in most patients using the fixeddose combination containing the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor perindopril and the diuretic indapamide. A number of trials have established the antihypertensive efficacy and the protective effects of this combination in hypertensive patients, which justifies its broad use in patients with blood pressure uncontrolled by other blood pressure-lowering agents

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Year: 2010
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