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Hypertension

Hypertension is a major risk factor for many serious conditions and is an underlying cause for many premature deaths. This package provides information about what hypertension is, why it is important, how common it is and how the condition can be managed.

‘Hypertension’ is split into two main subject areas:

Information About Hypertension

  • What hypertension is
  • How hypertension is diagnosed
  • What the risk factors for and causes of hypertension are
  • Complications which may arise due to a person having hypertension

The package covers stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3 (severe) hypertension along with isolated systolic hypertension, white coat hypertension and masked hypertension.

Information About The Management Of Hypertension

  • Advice on lifestyle modifications (including diet and exercise)
  • Pharmacological treatment of hypertension

Product Code: COP008

Price: £300.00 p.a. (per institution)

The Hypertension package is split into two main subject areas:

1. Information About Hypertension

The first main subject area looks at:

  • What hypertension is
  • How hypertension is diagnosed
  • What the risk factors for and causes of hypertension are
  • Complications which may arise due to a person having hypertension

The package covers stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3 (severe) hypertension along with isolated systolic hypertension, white coat hypertension and masked hypertension.

2. Information About The Management Of Hypertension

The second main subject area looks at how hypertension is managed and covers:

  • Advice on lifestyle modifications (including diet and exercise)
  • Pharmacological treatment of hypertension (concentrating mainly on the treatment of hypertension in adults under 80 years of age who do not have any co-morbidities)

The section on the pharmacological treatment of hypertension includes activities covering each of the classes of antihypertensive drug, including ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers and thiazide-like diuretics. Each activity covering a class of antihypertensive drug includes some or all of the following information:

  • An overview of the mode of action
  • Examples of the class of antihypertensive
  • What the main uses of the class of antihypertensive are
  • Side Effects
  • Contra-Indications And Cautions
  • Combining the class of antihypertensive with other classes of antihypertensive
  • What else the class of antihypertensive can be used for

The package discusses which patients should receive pharmacological treatment. Where pharmacological treatment is required, the treatment discussed is stepped pharmacological treatment. Details of which class of antihypertensive drug are recommended at each step of the stepped treatment are taken from the United Kingdom’s NICE Guidance 127 “Hypertension in adults: diagnosis and management”.

The package covers the pharmacological treatment of stage 1 and 2 hypertension and isolated systolic hypertension along with details of the target blood pressure to aim for. The package also covers the pharmacological treatment of hypertensive crises – both hypertensive urgency and hypertensive emergency.

Multiple choice questions are interspersed throughout the package to test the user’s understanding of the material covered.

CONTENTS OF THE PACKAGE

“Hypertension” consists of the following sections and activities:

Section 1: Introduction

  • A Brief Overview Of Hypertension
  • Diagnosing Hypertension
  • Epidemiology Of Hypertension
  • Risk Factors For And Causes Of Hypertension
  • Complications Of Hypertension

MANAGEMENT OF HYPERTENSION

Section 2: General Information And Strategies

  • Overview Of The Management Of Hypertension
  • Advice On Lifestyle Modifications
  • Pharmacological Treatment Of Hypertension

 

Section 3: Classes Of Antihypertensive Drugs: First, Second And Third Line Classes

Classes Affecting The Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System

  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors
  • Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)

Other Classes

  • Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs)
  • Thiazide And Thiazide-Like Diuretics
  • Beta Blockers (Beta-Adrenoceptor Antagonists)

 

Section 4: Classes Of Antihypertensive Drugs: Fourth Line And Other Classes

Classes Affecting The Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System

  • Direct Renin Inhibitors

Vasodilators

  • Alpha Blockers (Alpha-Adrenoceptor Antagonists)
  • Centrally Acting Antihypertensive Drugs
  • Other Vasodilators (Including Peripheral Vasodilators)

Other Classes

  • Other Diuretics (Including Spironolactone)

This package is suitable for all users wishing to learn about what hypertension is, its risks and complications and how it is managed.

Pre-requisites: Users need to have no prior knowledge of hypertension although a knowledge of basic biology would be helpful.

Audience: Undergraduate students, users in the medical profession, and members of the general public needing or wishing to learn about hypertension – either as part of their course, as part of their job or for information about the condition.

Time to complete: 2-4 hours

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