Blood pressure

Lorraine is a 64-year-old African-American female who has been monitoring her blood pressure at home. She brings a log of home readings with the following ranges: 150-222/102-88. Her blood pressure in the office today is 160/92. She has her BP monitor with her and the reading on the monitor is similar to today’s office reading. She states that she has swelling in both ankles at night, but the swelling usually resolves overnight. She wears compression hose at work as she is on her feet for most of her 10-hour shift. She has no comorbid conditions at present. Her mother and sister have hypertension and encouraged Lorraine to seek care

The prescriber recognizes that initial treatment of an African-American patient will be lifestyle changes and

 

a. an ACE inhibitor.

b. a calcium channel blocker.

c. a diuretic.

d. a β blocker.

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