Sunday, July 28, 2013
Resistant Hypertension Common Among Chronic Kidney Disease Patients
More than 50% of individuals with moderate chronic kidney disease have hypertension that is resistant to medications, according to aJASN study. Blacks and those with a larger waist circumference, diabetes, and a history of heart attacks or strokes are especially at risk. The findings come from an analysis of 10,700 kidney disease patients who were treated for hypertension in the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. Identifying individuals at high risk of developing resistant hypertension who may benefit from intensive blood pressure monitoring and early treatment should be a high priority, the authors said.