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Antihypertensive Medications

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 2.5 hours
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Course Summary

The use of antihypertensive medications is a well accepted treatment for heart disease and stroke, poor function of the kidney and peripheral vascular systems. The medications help to lower blood pressure and to enhance patient health outcomes by slowing cardiovascular disease outcomes. The classes of drugs used to treat hypertension and cardiovascular disease, and specifically the effectiveness of antihypertensive medication in certain medical conditions and populations, and in the setting of certain lifestyle practices, is discussed.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Alpha1-adrenergic Blocking Medication
    1. Category
    2. Uses
    3. Mechanism of Action
    4. Available Forms
    5. Dosing
    6. Contraindications
    7. Warnings
    8. Adverse Reactions
    9. Use During Breastfeeding
    10. Use During Pregnancy
    11. Dietary Concerns
  3. Clinical Pearls: Alpha1 Blocking Medication
    1. Labeled Uses
    2. Alpha1 Blockers and Treatment of Hypertension
    3. Mechanism of Action
    4. Dosing Adjustments: Geriatric Patient
    5. Dosing Adjustments: Hepatic Impairment
    6. Warnings
    7. Use During Breastfeeding
    8. Overdose of Doxazosin, Prazosin, and Terazosin
  4. Centrally-Acting Antihypertensives: Guanfacine and Methyldopa
    1. Guanfacine
    2. Pharmacological Pearls: Guanfacine
    3. Methyldopa 4. Clinical Pearls: Methyldopa
  5. Vasodilator Medications
    1. Hydralazine
    2. Clinical Pearls: Hydralazine
    3. Minoxidil
    4. Clinical Pearls: Minoxidil
  6. Summary


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