Hypertension and Its Treatment - CMEZ60042

Hypertension and Its Treatment

by Bud Dixon, RN, BSN, CCRN and Melody Popovski, RN, BSN and Kate Savage-Ralph, RN, BSN and Yvonne Rucker, RN, BSN and Deborah Gruver, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
(4.6 / 179 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (2.00 Credits)
Physician (2.00 Credits)

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Hypertension has been called the “silent killer” because many of the 77 million Americans with the condition are unaware they have hypertension and the associated complications. Hypertension is a common chronic disease and is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Associated complications include: heart attack, heart and kidney failure, atherosclerosis and stroke. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. each year. Of the one in three adult Americans with hypertension, 81.5% are aware of their condition, 74.9% are under treatment, and 52.5% under treatment have their hypertension under control. More Medicare dollars are spent on the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure than any other diagnosis costing an estimated $46.4 billion.


The goal of this continuing education module is to update, reinforce and/or increase the knowledge of physicians and nurses about the most commonly prescribed medications used to treat hypertension and improve cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health and to improve understanding of nursing implications associated with these medications. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify three elements of optimal cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health
  • Describe how thiazide and thiazide-like diuretics work to lower blood pressure
  • Identify the most common side effects of thiazide and thiazide-like diuretics
  • Explain how angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor therapy works to lower blood pressure
  • List three systemic responses that occur with ACE inhibitors
  • Identify the most common side effects of ACE inhibitors
  • Explain how angiotensin II receptor blockers work to lower blood pressure
  • List the main effects of bradykinin on blood pressure 
  • Describe the medication therapies using fixed-dose preparations that combine drugs to manage hypertension and patient outcomes
  • Identify the three subclasses of calcium channel blockers
  • Discuss the primary mechanism of action for each subclass of calcium channel blockers
  • List three clinical indications for the use of calcium channel blockers
  • Differentiate between the actions of beta 1 and beta 2 blockers
  • List three clinical indications for the use of beta-blockers
  • Explain the use of different beta-blockers based on patient need and characteristics
  • Describe at least three nursing implications for each — thiazide and thiazide-like diuretics, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers and beta-blockers
  • Identify at least three points for patient and family education for each type of medication presented

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including physicians, nurses, social workers, and phycologists.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.0 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 10/11/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/2/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/2/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Jose O - Orlando, FL  ·  Sep 07, 2019
excellent course with up to date data
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CRAIG L - Middletown, DE  ·  Aug 29, 2019
It was an OK course but focused too much on pharmacokinetics
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Wylene B - atlanta, , GA  ·  Aug 21, 2019
this test was diffcult
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Julio N - miami, FL  ·  Aug 15, 2019
good coverage of the subject matter
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Paulino N - Tampa, FL  ·  Aug 08, 2019
Great review about hypertension
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