The prevalence of hypertension in the United States has increased from about 50 million in 1988 to 76.4 million in 2008. An estimated one-third of the population, more than 76.4 million Americans, has hypertension. The death rate from high blood pressure increased 20.2% and the actual number of deaths increased 49.7% during the past few years; in 2008, high BP contributed to 347,689 deaths. Fewer than half of Americans with hypertension have met established BP goals. The prevalence of hypertension is highest in non-Hispanic blacks, tends to be higher in women and increases with advancing age. Recent data suggest that even people free of hypertension at age 55 still have a 90% lifetime risk of developing high BP. Because there are so many Americans with hypertension, it is vital for us to recognize hypertension and be familiar with the most common treatments, including lifestyle changes and medications.
The purpose of this program is to inform nurses, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians and radiologic technologists about current guidelines and drug therapy for the management of hypertension. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- State blood pressure goals in patients with uncomplicated hypertension and in patients with diabetes or renal disease
- Discuss the five components of lifestyle modification
- Discuss the five classes of antihypertensive drugs known to reduce the complications
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This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, dietitians, paramedics and EMTs, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians and radiologic technologists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Gannett Education is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/15.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/10 to 01/31/13 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
Gannett Education is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 10S1283 for 09/06/10 to 09/06/11, 11S1266 for 09/07/11 to 09/07/12, 12S1469 for 09/08/12 to 09/08/13; 13S1853 for 09/09/13 to 09/09/14); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP100015837 for 01/01/10 to 12/31/10, CP110015841 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CM120017463 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CM130019697 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CM140021440 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14); Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 3435 for 09/06/10 to 09/05/11, 3924 for 09/06/11 to 09/05/12, 4439 for 09/06/12 to 09/05/13; 5235 for 09/06/13 to 09/05/14) for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement; the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002488 for 09/27/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003887 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 631-2010, exp. date 1/31/12; 114-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 07/27/11 to 07/27/15 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 09/13/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-3504 for 9/1/2010 to 9/1/2011, 437-3932 for 08/01/11 to 08/01/12, 437-4433 for 08/01/12 to 08/01/13; 437-4991 for 08/01/13 to 08/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
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