ISBN : 9780199754908

George Bakris; Ragavendra R. Baliga
192 Pages
133 x 203 mm
Pub date
Nov 2012
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Over 75 million American adults suffer from hypertension, the leading risk factor for stroke and cardiovascular disease. Individuals who are normotensive at age 55 have a 90% lifetime risk for developing high blood pressure. Despite increased awareness in the past decades, about a third of adults with hypertension are not aware of their condition. With the growing prevalence of obesity, hypertension will continue to affect more individuals and, along with diabetes, will become the primary cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. As part of the Oxford American Cardiology Library, this practical handbook is a concise yet comprehensive guide to overcoming the challenges of hypertension treatment. Written by leading experts in the field, this volume collects clinically oriented, up-to-date knowledge on accurate diagnosis, antihypertensive therapies, management of comorbidities, and hypertension in special populations. Featuring evidence-based discussions of key clinical concepts and therapy options, with numerous figures, tables, and illustrations, this pocket-sized handbook will serve as an invaluable guide to healthcare professionals.


1. Impact of High Blood Pressure on Cardiovascular Risk and Benefi ts of Lowering Blood Pressure
2. Diagnosing Hypertension
3. Laboratory and Diagnostic Procedures
4. Treatment
5. Managing Comorbidities
a. Ischemic Heart Disease
b. Heart Failure
c. Diabetic Hypertension
d. Chronic Kidney Disease
e. Cerebrovascular Disease/Cognitive Function
6. Special Populations
a. Hypertensive Urgencies and Emergencies
b. Minorities
c. Hypertension in Pregnancy
d. Hypertension in Children and Adolescents
e. Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome
f. Peripheral Arterial Disease
7. Improving Hypertension Control
a. Adherence to Regimens
b. Resistant Hypertension
8. Public Health Challenges and Community Programs

About the author: 

George Bakris, MD, DMSc(Hon), FASH, FASN, is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Hypertension Center at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. Ragavendra R Baliga, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP (Edin), FACC is Vice Chief & Assistant Division Director of Cardiovascular Medicine and Professor of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, OH.

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