Treatment of Hypertension in Diabetes

What Is the Best Therapeutic Option?

Tonje A Aksnes; Sigrid N Skårn; Sverre E Kjeldsen

Disclosures

Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2012;10(6):727-734. 

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The role of diabetes mellitus as a risk factor for cardiovascular events is well established, and the risk is added when the patients also have hypertension. Lowering BP to 130–135/85 mmHg is the main goal for the treatment and combinations of drugs must often be used to reach the BP goal. A combination of RAS blocker and a CCB should probably be the first choice according to recent trial results (Figure 4).

Figure 4.

Antihypertensive treatment in diabetic patients. ACEi: Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; ARB: Angiotensin II receptor blocker; BP: Blood pressure; CCB: Calcium channel blocker.

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