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The Appropriate Goals of Antihypertensive Therapy: Neither Too Much Nor Too Little

Norman M. Kaplan, MD
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Current Author Address: Dr. Kaplan: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, C88-102, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75235.


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Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(8):686-690. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-116-8-686
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▪ Although the treatment of hypertension has in creased markedly during the last decade, many patients have been left undertreated, including many of the disadvantaged, the elderly, and those at relatively high overall risk for cardiovascular disease. A rapidly growing number of patients, however, are being exposed to overtreatment with resultant interference with their quality of life and potential hazards to their health. These include patients who are diagnosed and treated without adequate documentation of the presence of persistent hypertension, patients who are not appropriately managed with nondrug therapies, and patients who are given inappropriate and overly aggressive drug therapies. Better recognition of the frequency and potential hazards of overtreatment is needed so that more appropriate goals of antihypertensive therapy can be established and maintained.

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