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41 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - 2008

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  • At the beginning, follow up visits to the doctor should be every few weeks, in order to verify the diagnosis of hypertension, to estimate the cardiovascular risk and choose the appropriate treatment strategy.
  • Subjects with well controlled blood pressure should visit their doctor every 6 months.
  • Subjects who face other problems (such as high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, smoking, renal disease, heart disease, stroke or when hypertension is difficult to treat in their particular case) should visit their doctor every 2 or 3 months.
  • Unfortunately, some hypertensive patients give up their treatment or follow up after a certain period of time. This usually happens because they think that are "cured" and that they do not need drugs any more, or because they experienced adverse reactions to the treatment, or just because they forgot to take their medication or visit their doctor.
  • Effective cooperation between the patient and the physician is the most important prerequisite for the effective control of hypertension and the accomplishment of its long-term therapeutic targets. Individuals with poorly controlled hypertension are exposed to many risks. If patients are followed-up on a regular basis and well controlled, these risks can be avoided.

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