Features November 2007 Issue

Control Hypertension to Prevent Cardiovascular Complications

24/7 blood pressure control helps reduce stroke risk, especially during the early morning hours, when the incidence is greatest.

Controlling high blood pressure is crucial to prevent cardiac events, including stroke and heart attack. Fortunately, an array of proven hypertension medications is available to reduce blood pressure. However, the mechanics of how these classes of medications work varies, so it is important to know which drugs work best for each individual, given the patient-specific complications that can occur. The type of antihypertensive medication used may have a direct impact on the reduction in stroke risk, according to an article in the August 6 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology. "In general, any reduction in blood pressure, even if small, is likely to reduce the risk of stroke. However, some antihypertensive medications are particularly effective in this regard," says Gary Francis, MD, head of the Section of Clinical Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic and editor-in-chief of Heart Advisor.

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