Williams listed criteria for making the diagnosis of resistant hypertension. The author is from the University of Leicester in England.
Criteria for the diagnosis of resistant hypertension - all of the following:
(1) failure to achieve blood pressure goals
(2) medical management with optimum doses of 3 antihypertensive drugs consisting of:
(2a) a thiazide
(2b) a calcium-channel blocker
(2c) a rennin-angiotensin system blocker
• Adherence to the regimen should be included as a criterion.
• A person is more likely to be noncompliant if troublesome side effects occur.
It is essential that the blood pressure measurement be accurate and reproducible.
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Purpose: To determine if a patient has resistant hypertension.
Objective: criteria for diagnosis