Although the blood pressure (BP) of many patients can be controlled using standard combinations, treatment of hypertension frequently represents a clinical challenge to the primary care physician. This article will review best practices for managing patients with easy-and difficult-to-treat hypertension, including preferred antihypertensive combinations, optimizing adherence and persistence, recognizingwhite-coat hypertension, and intensifying therapy for treatment-resistant patients. Each physicianmust decide based on his or her own level of experience at what point a patient becomes too challenging and would benefit fromreferral to a hypertension specialist for more intensive management and to complete the exclusion of secondary forms of arterial hypertension. With intensive pharmacotherapy, many patients with difficult-to-treat hypertension can achieve BP control. If it fails, interventional strategies (e. g., renal denervation) are a valid option to get BP controlled. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
A guide for easy- and difficult-to-treat hypertension / Roland E., Schmieder; Volpe, Massimo; Bernard, Waeber; Luis M., Ruilope. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY. - ISSN 0167-5273. - 172:1(2014), pp. 17-22. [10.1016/j.ijcard.2013.12.125]