Treatment of Hypertension in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease. A Case-Based Summary of the 2015 AHA/ACC/ASH Scientific Statement

Clive Rosendorff, Daniel T. Lackland, Matthew Allison, Wilbert S. Aronow, Henry R. Black, Roger S. Blumenthal, Christopher P. Cannon, James A. De Lemos, William J. Elliott, Laura Findeiss, Bernard J. Gersh, Joel M. Gore, Daniel Levy, Janet B. Long, Christopher M. O'Connor, Patrick T. O'Gara, Olugbenga Ogedegbe, Suzanne Oparil, William B. White

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The 2015 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/American Society of Hypertension Scientific Statement "Treatment of Hypertension in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease" is summarized in the context of a clinical case. The Statement deals with target blood pressures, and the optimal agents for the treatment of hypertension in patients with stable angina, in acute coronary syndromes, and in patients with ischemic heart failure. In all cases, the recommended blood pressure target is <140/90 mm Hg, but <130/80 mm Hg may be appropriate, especially in those with a history of a previous myocardial infarction or stroke, or at high risk for developing either. These numbers may need to be revised after the publication of the SPRINT data. Appropriate management should include beta-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers, and in the case of heart failure, aldosterone antagonists. Thiazide or thiazide-like (chlorthalidone) diuretics and calcium channel blockers can be used for the management of hypertension, but the evidence for improved outcomes compared with other agents in hypertension with coronary artery disease is meager. Loop diuretics should be reserved for patients with New York Heart Association Class III and IV heart failure or with a glomerular filtration rate of <30 mL/min.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-378
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Hypertension
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Stable Angina
  • Unstable Angina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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