ANTIHYPERTENSIVES

Anti hypertensives are a class of drugs that are used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Anti-hypertensive therapy seeks to prevent the complications of high blood pressure, such as stroke and myocardial infarction.

Hypertension is persistently high resting blood pressure (>140/90 mmHg for at least two measurements five minutes apart with patient seated) on at least 2 or 3 occasions 1 week apart.

The WHO STEPS survey conducted between 2003 and 2009 in 20 African countries reported high rates of hypertension in most countries, particularly among men. The prevalence ranges from 19.3% in Eritrea to 39.6% in Seychelles. The prevalence is for the adult population aged 18 years and above.

THIS CHAPTER FOCUS ON VARIOUS ANTI-HYPERTENSIVE MEDICINES AND HOW THEY WORK. CLICK ON BUTTON.