Introduction to Hypertension
Discover the global impact of hypertension and the role of the renin-angiotensin system in blood pressure regulation before viewing insights from experts in the fields of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Hypertension is a global issue, affecting around 40% of adults aged 25 and over.
In this section, you can read an overview of the epidemiology of hypertension and discover how the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) influences blood pressure, its role in organ damage and the different therapeutic options that target this pathway.
The Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS)
What is the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), how does it influence blood pressure and what is its role in organ damage and disease?
Watch the following video to review how RAS exerts its effect on the body and how the use of ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and calcium channel blockers (CCBs) can counter the effects of hypertension.
What are the physiological implications of hypertension and how should it be managed? What pharmacological treatments are currently recommended and where do single-pill, fixed-dose combination therapies sit within the treatment paradigm?
When should diuretics be used to manage hypertension, and how does real-world evidence influence our treatment decisions? International experts address these and other questions in our series of hypertension expert videos and hypertension webcasts.
What is the most effective way to manage hypertension?
Hypertension Quick Facts
Less than half the people with hypertension receive treatment and only 13% of patients have their blood pressure under control. Find out the key 5 things recommended in the 2018 ESC / ESH guidelines that could make a difference to your patients.
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