Contemporary Management of Hypertension: Applying the Latest Evidence– Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease. According to recent estimates from the American Heart Association, nearly 1 in 3 adults in the United States (more than 76 million people) have hypertension. While there have been improvements within the last two decades in blood pressure awareness, treatment, and control, suboptimal blood pressure control continues to lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Only about half of US adults who are aware that they have hypertension have their blood pressure controlled. Nurse practitioners can play a key role in closing this gap by helping patients with hypertension overcome barriers to blood pressure control. Nurse practitioners are uniquely positioned to help patients achieve better blood pressure control by 1) following clinical practice guidelines for the management of hypertension; 2) tailoring hypertension treatment for individual patients based on current evidence; and 3) promoting patient adherence to hypertension treatment regimens. The goal of this activity is to improve the management of hypertension by nurse practitioners, ultimately leading to better blood pressure control and improved outcomes for patients.
Summarize updates to JNC 8 hypertension treatment guidelines and their relevance to helping patients achieve better blood pressure control.
Develop safe and effective tailored therapeutic regimens for hypertension (taking into account patient comorbidities, side effect profiles of agents, and appropriate combinations of agents).
Use adherence-promoting strategies to empower patients and caregivers and improve outcomes.
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 0.5 Hours of Pharmacology