Introduction

Hypertension is a significant burden on the Australian healthcare system. In 2017 to 2018, close to 6.3 million adult Australians reported having measured high blood pressure (BP), hypertension as a medical condition or the use of antihypertensive medicines.1

Learning objectives

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss current guidelines for the management of hypertension
  • Explain the importance of absolute cardiovascular risk assessment in guiding hypertension treatment decisions
  • Describe the role of the pharmacist in supporting patients with hypertension, including monitoring and referral when indicated

Competency standards addressed (2016): 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.5, 3.6

Accreditation number: 1912CDMAH

Management of hypertension is a key component of risk factor modification in both primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and end organ damage.2,3

The high prevalence of hypertension means that it is often managed in the setting of additional co-morbid conditions, requiring judicious use of the wide range of available hypertension treatment options.

Test your knowledge on this article’s assessment questions here to earn up to 1.5 Group 2 CPD credits.