ACP publishes 'Hypertension'

06/17/05

New title in Key Diseases Series

More than half of people over age 60 have hypertension, and as the population ages, this "silent" disease will become a more frequent diagnosis for the primary care physician. The American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of doctors of internal medicine, has published "Hypertension," the latest book in the ACP Key Diseases Series, to provide a needed reference for the disease's causes and treatments.

"Hypertension" is edited by Matthew R. Weir, MD, professor of medicine and director of the division of nephrology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The book's purpose is to succinctly answer the important questions in this area: Is there an ideal blood pressure? How are blood pressure goals to be achieved? What lifestyle modifications can be recommended? What drugs should be used when, and how? What about possible side effects? In 14 chapters, 23 contributing authors provide the answers.

The book includes numerous tables and summaries of key points. Furthermore, each topic, including hypertension in the elderly and in the pregnant patient, is considered in an open and honest fashion by experienced clinicians who have devoted most of their medical careers to improving strategies for managing hypertensive patients. Authors provide their personal views, not a dispassionate listing of the various options or the currently popular consensus treatments.

"Hypertension" is available from the American College of Physicians Customer Service Department: custserv@acponline.org; or phone 215-351-2600 (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET). The ACP product number is 330300640. Browse to http://www.acponline.org/catalog/books to order online. List price is $42.; ACP members pay $38. The softcover book has 259 pages.

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