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Pharmacologic Treatment of Hypertension

presented by Barbara DeMarco, PT, OT, PhD

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Financial: Barbara Gladson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


 Non-Financial: Barbara Gladson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course, taught by Dr. Barbara Gladson, reviews the major categories of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. Students will learn the mechanism of action, indications, and adverse drug reactions associated with these agents. They will be able to recognize adverse events and perform emergency procedures, as well as implement strategies for minimizing these occurrences.

Meet Your Instructor

Barbara DeMarco, PT, OT, PhD

Dr. DeMarco (formerly Gladson) is the Senior Associate Dean for Education at the Rutgers University School of Health Professions and is currently co-leading the Workforce Development Core for the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science's NIH CTSA for Princeton, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She also is…

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1. The Role of the Autonomic Nervous System in Producing Hypertension

Chapter One provides the foundation of knowledge necessary to understand the function of the Autonomic Nervous System. Participants will learn the anatomy of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as the anatomy of adrenergic and muscarinic receptors.

2. Function of the Autonomic System

Chapter Two discusses the function and mechanisms of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems. Dr. Gladson delves deeper into the functions of adrenergic and cholinergic agonists and antagonists, including side effects and effects on blood pressure.

3. Antihypertensive Agents

Chapter Three reviews the tissue targets for antihypertensive drugs. Participants will learn to identify red flags associated with antihypertensive drugs and activities that can minimize these effects. Dr. Gladson also presents exercises that complement antihypertensive drugs.

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