A selection of essays on the prevalence and control of hypertension by Professor Eoin O'Brien
This selection of essays, published in the Irish Medical Times, were written by Professor Eoin O'Brien over almost a decade with the intention of bringing recent scientific developments in the diagnosis and management of hypertension to the attention of those most intimately involved in managing patients with hypertension, namely general practitioners.
Professor Eoin O'Brien - pictured above
Three essays on the prevalence and control of hypertension illustrate the sorry state of blood pressure control in Ireland; two essays on blood pressure measurement emphasise the importance of ABP in the diagnosis and management of hypertension, and highlight the fact that international bodies, such as the NICE in the UK and USPSTF in the US, now endorse the use of ABPM mainly to exclude white coat hypertension; the last section, on blood pressure treatment examines the importance of single-pill combination tablets in improving patient compliance to medication, the need to achieve lower targets for blood pressure control, and the failure of renal denervation as a non- pharmacological alternative to drugs in reducing blood pressure.
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