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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
17th September 2018
Identify and correct medication nonadherence before labeling as resistant hypertension

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a new updated scientific statement on the detection, evaluation, and management of resistant hypertension (HT) in its journal Hypertension online Sept. 13, 2018. Here are some salient recommendations included in the scientific statement:

Patients, who need ≥3 anti-hypertensive drugs (commonly including a long-acting CCB, a blocker of the renin-angiotensin system (ACE inhibitor or ARB), and a diuretic at maximum or maximally tolerated doses), but continue to have BP that exceeds the goal for HT as per the 2017 ACC/AHA guideline for HT have resistant more

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Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 17th September 2018

‘Napalm girl’ undergoes laser treatment. More than four decades after she suffered 3rd and 4th degree burns during a napalm attack carried out by South Vietnamese airplanes during the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese woman, aged 9 years then (1972), experienced significant improvement in her pain and burn scars after she underwent laser treatment. She suffered daily pain, which she rated 10 out of ... read more

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