Program #893 • Available October 26, 2010
Certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through September 28, 2013

Uncomplicated and Complicated Hypertension: Diagnosis and Treatment

William H. Frishman, MD, MACP
Rosenthal Professor and Chairman
Department of Medicine
New York Medical College
Chief of Medicine
Westchester Medical Center
Valhalla, New York

Program Description

Uncomplicated hypertension is hypertension that occurs without associated clinical conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, or coronary disease, which often complicate treatment of the hypertensive patient. When persistent hypertension develops into complicated hypertension, target organ damage to the aorta and small arteries, heart kidneys, retina, and central nervous system is evident. In this video, Dr. William Frishman presents four clinical cases scenarios, depicting patients with uncomplicated and complicated hypertension, which illustrate important teaching principles in the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension. Following presentation of each case, Dr. Fishman discusses the optimal treatment approach and the pertinent issues that need to be addressed for each patient.

(60 minutes)

Method of Participation and Evaluation

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Credit Information

Up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

This activity is designed for primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals interested in the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension

Learning Objectives

After taking part in this CME activity, participants should be able to:

  • Determine the initial treatment approach in patients with hypertension based on the patient history, physical exam, lab findings, and any complicating clinical factors
  • Outline considerations regarding the choice of antihypertensive treatment based on individual patient characteristics
  • Develop a treatment plan outlining goals and length of therapy in individual patients with hypertension

Faculty Disclosures:

William H. Frishman, MD, MACP

William H. Frishman, MD, MACP, has served as a consultant to Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Pfizer Inc, and has indicated ownership interests in Merck & Co., Inc.

The Foundation for Improving Patient Outcomes staff and the independent peer reviewer report no financial relationship with commercial interests.

CME Credit Designations

ACCME The Foundation for Improving Patient Outcomes (FFIPO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA FFIPO designates this educational activity for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOA This activity is eligible for up to 1 hour of credit in Category 2-A of the American Osteopathic Association.

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