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Course Overview

Hypertension is a common chronic disease and a major contributor to the number one cause of death in the world: cardiovascular disease. This course describes the condition and the management strategies of hypertension to improve cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health. It will increase the medical professional's knowledge about accurately assessing a patient’s blood pressure, the most commonly prescribed medications used to treat hypertension, and how to educate patients and families dealing with hypertension. The goal of this educational program is to provide medical professionals in healthcare settings with increased knowledge of hypertension, assessment skills, medications used for treatment, and information for patient and family education.

About the Course Author

Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN is a SME writer for Relias with over 12 years of acute care experience in nursing. She began working in adult critical care at Wake Med Cary Hospital in 2011, obtained her CCRN certification in 2016, and served in the role of Rapid Response/Code Blue/Rounding RN for over 2 years. Laura has a passion for education and excellence in nursing care. She has been involved in numerous special projects and educational activities to improve staff development, evidence-based clinical practice, and patient satisfaction. She continues to strive for excellence in education and clinical development as an acute care course writer. Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

  • American Association of Medical Assistants


    This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.0 general continuing education unit(s) (approval Clinical/General). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe how the different classes of blood pressure medications work to lower blood pressure.; Describe how to accurately measure a patientÂ’s blood pressure.; Discuss how hypertension negatively affects cardiovascular health.; Identify at least three topics for patient education on lifestyle modifications that may reduce blood pressure.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Course Content
    Driven By Numbers
    Basics of Hypertension
    What Causes Hypertension?
    What’s Normal?
    Hypertensive Crisis
    Accurate Assessment
    Diagnosis and Treatment
    Section 3: Antihypertensive Medications
    First-line Agents for Treatment of Hypertension
    Second-line Agents for Treatment of Hypertension
    Educating Patients and Families
    Looking Ahead and Lowering Pressure
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Course Contributor
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Certified Medical Assistants; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.