Antihypertensive Agents Quiz

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Which type of medication is recommended by NICE in the UK for individuals under 55 years old with high blood pressure?

ACE inhibitors

Why are thiazide diuretics not prescribed as often as some newer drugs?

Because they are associated with increased risk of new-onset diabetes

What is the mechanism of action of calcium channel blockers?

Blocking the entry of calcium into muscle cells in artery walls

Why are potassium-sparing diuretics like amiloride and triamterene seldom prescribed as monotherapy?

Stronger public evidence is needed for their blood pressure reducing effect

What enzyme do ACE inhibitors inhibit?

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)

What is the primary goal of antihypertensive therapy?

To prevent complications of high blood pressure

How much can a reduction of blood pressure by 5 mmHg decrease the risk of stroke according to evidence?

34%

Which class of antihypertensives is among the most important and widely used medications?

ACE inhibitors

What plays a part in determining the dosage and type of medication administered for hypertension?

Patient's associated clinical conditions and end-organ damage

Why is it important to consider the side effect profiles, ability to prevent endpoints, and cost of different classes of antihypertensive drugs?

To minimize the negative impacts on national healthcare budgets

Test your knowledge on antihypertensive agents, a class of drugs used to treat high blood pressure and prevent complications like stroke, heart failure, and kidney failure. Learn about the evidence supporting the benefits of reducing blood pressure to decrease the risks associated with hypertension.

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