5 Questions on How to Manage Hypertension in Primary Care

Veronica Hackethal, MD

Hypertension is the modifiable cardiovascular disease risk factor responsible for the greatest mortality. Test what you know about management.

Elevated blood pressure in the US accounts for more deaths from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) than any other modifiable ASCVD risk factor (eg, lipids, obesity, diabetes). Among US adults the prevalence of hypertension (defined as ≥130/≥80 mm Hg) is 46%.

The 2019 American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease provides hypertension management recommendations based on the most recent evidence available. Primary care is where ASCVD prevention begins.

The 5 questions that follow test what you know about guideline-recommended hypertension goals and disease management.