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Experts and Representatives From Leading International Health-Care Organizations Call to Stop the Hypertension Pandemic, a Worldwide Silent Killer
Date:2/4/2008

t of their disease and allow them to track their progress. The fourth core action concerns the treatment goal - perhaps the most difficult but highly important action. Physicians and health-care providers are urged to explain the importance of adopting long-term lifestyle measures to their patients. If insufficient, they must offer adequate, rigorous drug therapy to bring them rapidly to the 140/90 mm Hg goal or lower in high risk patients. For patients who are a certain way from their desired goal, recent studies confirm that appropriate combination medications could be given right from the start.

"In addition to proper education on diet and lifestyle measures, prescribing therapies that patients tolerate well, can afford and take once-a-day are ways in which physicians can improve compliance" said Trefor Morgan, Director of the Department of Physiology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and member of the Call to Action Working Group, on behalf of the Asian-Pacific Society of Hypertension.

The fifth and final step in this Call to Action seeks general support from the patient's surrounding environment, like community organizations or local institutions, to endorse the necessary preventive strategies and screening.

"There is no "one size fits all" and you cannot achieve good results without the patient" said Giuseppe Mancia, Director of the Department of Clinical Medicine and Prevention, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy and Steering Committee member of the Call to Action Working Group.

Luis Miguel Ruilope, President of the Spanish Society of Hypertension and member of the Call to Action Working Group said "By encouraging health-care providers to think of a hand and its five fingers for each of the 5 core actions representing the most relevant actions directed at counteracting high BP, we could significantly impact the lives of millions of people around the world and better prevent the painful consequences of uncontrol
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