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Course author: Dana Bartlett, RN, MA, MSN
Contact Hours: 2.0
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Target audience:
   Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses,
   Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants

Format: Homestudy
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Course Description
Primary hypertension (sometimes called essential hypertension) is far more common than secondary hypertension. There are many distinct and separate causes of secondary hypertension, so a complete discussion of secondary hypertension is not practical for this module; the focus will be on primary hypertension. Hypertensive emergencies, isolated diastolic hypertension, and isolated systolic hypertension will be discussed briefly.

Course Outline
  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions Of Hypertension
    1. Hypertensive Emergencies
    2. Scope Of The Problem
  3. Risk Factors And The Pathogenesis Of Primary Hypertension
    1. Genetics
    2. Age
    3. Race
    4. Obesity
    5. Smoking
    6. Alcohol
    7. Physical inactivity
    8. Sodium intake
  4. Screening For Hypertension And The Initial Evaluation Of The Patient With Hypertension
  5. Complications Of Hypertension
  6. Isolated Diastolic And Isolated Systolic Hypertension
  7. Treatment Of Primary Hypertension
    1. Lifestyle modifications
      1. Exercise
      2. Diet
      3. Weight loss
      4. Smoking cessation
      5. Decreased alcohol consumption
    2. Anti-hypertensive therapy
      1. Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors
      2. Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers
      3. Beta-blockers
      4. Calcium Channel Blockers
      5. Diuretics
      6. Other Anti-hypertensives
    3. Alternative therapies for hypertension
  8. Nursing Considerations
  9. Summary
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There is no "off label" usage of drugs or products discussed in this course.

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