Category Archives: Hypertension

Primary hyperaldosteronism

I know this as Conn’s syndrome, but that’s slightly misleading; Conn’s syndrome refers specifically to an adenoma causing the hyperaldosteronism, and in fact only accounts for less than 30% of cases of PHA. PHA is important to pick up, as … Continue reading

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BP control before surgery

A reference in the latest BJGP has just answered a question I’ve been meaning to look into; how good a blood pressure control do we need to aim for in patients we’re referring for surgery? Not as strict as I’d … Continue reading

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Bits and bobs

Useful bunch of motley learning points from the 15th April BMJ: A double-blind trial reported in NEJM has looked at the effects of treating borderline thyroid results (raised TSH with normal T4) in the elderly. It didn’t show any benefit … Continue reading

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New evidence on hypertension targets in elderly

The ‘research update’ section in the BMJ alerted me to an interesting study in JAMA – the SPRINT study, comparing different hypertension targets in relatively healthy elderly people. Here’s the information I have from the abstract plus editorial: Population studied … Continue reading

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Rational prescribing

From our CCG’s review of evidence (Rational Prescribing, Sept 2015): On current evidence (which admittedly is somewhat limited), there is no statistically significant benefit from treating Stage 1 hypertension (160/100 or less) Aiming for an HbA1c level of 7.0% vs. … Continue reading

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Snippets

Ovestin vaginal cream does not increase circulating oestradiol, and thus can be considered for treatment of vaginal dryness in women who’ve had breast cancer. Evidence varies on whether systemic oestrogen increases recurrence risk (HABIT trial vs. Stockholm trial) but it’s … Continue reading

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Resistant hypertension

Defined as BP above target despite 3 antihypertensives at best tolerated doses. However, before diagnosing it, check that that actually is what’s happening: Are the drugs being taken as prescribed? Compliance issues, comprehension issues, memory. Is BP measurement correct? Poor … Continue reading

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