Slowing the Return of Hypertension After Stopping Medication-Reply

Herbert G. Langford, MD; M. Donald Blaufox, MD, PhD; Albert Oberman, MD; C. Morton Hawkins, ScD
JAMA. 1985;254(4):503. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360040053009.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


In Reply.—  Dr Finnerty asked a very cogent question: "Why wait for five years to discontinue therapy?" By implication, Dr Finnerty is asking about mild hypertensive people who are well controlled on one medication alone. We would agree with the figures he gives for those with well-controlled hypertension with mean diastolic blood pressures of 83 mm Hg. However, we interpret Dr Finnerty's data as being the experience of patients who were treated for 12 months, not six months. Also, some of our patients relapsed long after six months without medication, emphasizing the need for continued surveillance of the patient.We agree with Dr Finnerty that there are strong indications that regression of the hypertensive process may occur with prolonged therapy. We think that the period of treatment needed is probably longer than six months, but less than five years. Also, there are indications that dietary change helps blood pressure control.


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours




Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.