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41 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - 2008

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  • Very few if any. If the treatment is interrupted hypertension usually reappears after a few days or weeks (or in some cases after months).
  • Only in cases when the initial diagnosis of hypertension is wrong or in cases when important life style modifications have been achieved subsequently (eg. a significant decrease body weight) leading to a significant blood pressure reduction, may blood pressure remain normal after the discontinuation of drug treatment.
  • The abrupt discontinuation of specific drugs, like beta-blockers, may cause significant adverse reactions (such as tachycardia, sudden and severe increase of blood pressure or may even trigger a heart attack in patients with underlying coronary heart disease). Therefore when dose reduction of these specific drugs is required, it should be gradual and under the guidance of a physician.

WRITING GROUP
G. Stergiou, Chairman
A. Achimastos
E. Andreadis
I. Avramopoulos
M. Elissaf
N. Karatzas
T. Mountokalakis
D. Papadogiannis
K. Siamopoulos
E. Varsamis
K. Vemmos
D. Vlahakos