Primary, or essential, hypertension is defined as persistently elevated blood pressure (BP) without any identifiable cause. It is a major risk factor for various cardiovascular diseases (e.g., coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure), renal failure, and death. Hypertension is treated with a large array of drugs, and guidelines emphasize the additive effects of using two or more drugs from different classes. Nevertheless, despite the numerous treatment options, significant unmet need remains in the treatment of resistant hypertension, which is defined as inadequately controlled BP despite the concurrent use of three or more antihypertensive agents. This report provides cardiologist insight into prescribing patterns for hypertension and especially resistant hypertension.
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GEOGRAPHY: United States
PRIMARY RESEARCH: Survey of 100 U.S. cardiologists
KEY DRUGS COVERED: ACE inhibitors, ARBs, diuretics, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, aldosterone antagonists, mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs), diuretics, direct renin inhibitors, centrally acting antihypertensives, and alpha blockers.
KEY INSIGHTS PROVIDED: Factors influencing disease management and treatment decisions; drivers of and constraints on treatment selection; physician-reported treatment practices; rationale for changes in treatment approach; physician insight on persistency and compliance; physician-reported recent/anticipated changes in treatment approach.