St. Louis, Missouri Hypertension Clinical Trials
Hypertension - Hypertension or High Blood Pressure is a condition where the a patient's blood pressure is consistently elevated beyond normally deemed levels. There are two kinds of diagnosed hypertension. First is primary hypertension, or essential hypertension. This is where no specific medical diagnosis can be attributed as causing the high blood pressure. Secondary hypertension is high blood pressure that can be specifically attributed to a known medical condition such as renal failure. Most people are diagnosed with essential hypertension.
Hypertension can be a very dangerous disease and has been linked to an increase in stroke, heart attack, heart failure, TIA's and other conditions. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or below. Pre-hypertension levels are 130/90. Levels of 150 on the systolic, top number, and 90 on the diastolic, bottom number, are deemed as hypertension. Treatment for hypertension requires lifestyle changes and possibly medication. Losing weight, decreasing salt intake, smoking cessation and exercise are all recommended to decrease blood pressure. Many classes of medications are available from your physician as well such as ace inhibitors, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and combination drugs. CARE Clinical Research continues to study these new treatments for hypertension. If you would like to participate visit the patient contact form and a study coordinator will return your inquiry.