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From The CriticsReviewer: Donald R. Frey, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This book contains questions regarding the topic of hypertension and provides a detailed answer to each. The book is written as a patient education tool to be used by patients who have hypertension.
Purpose: This book is written in an attempt to raise public understanding of high blood pressure. Recently, evidence has suggested that such awareness is beginning to ebb. Illnesses such as AIDS, lyme disease, etc., often steal the headlines, despite the fact that hypertension afflicts such a large portion of the population. This text is an excellent patient reminder of the serious nature of this disease.
Audience: The book is targeted toward the general public to be used in conjunction with the patient's primary care physician. It is also useful for practitioners who are seeking to develop strategies to respond to patient questions. Both authors are respected nephrologists with extensive backgrounds in hypertension.
Features: One hundred hypertension-related questions are presented with detailed answers, written at the level of the typical patient. Questions ranging from hypertensive drugs to comorbidities to lifestyle changes are covered in a practical, straightforward manner. Scientific information is delivered in a very patient-friendly fashion. Each question contains a highlighted pearl that is particularly effective.
Assessment: This book is a solid source of patient information. It will be particularly useful for physicians who have difficulty translating technical jargon into the language of their patients. It will also greatly benefit busy physicians who have patients who seem to always ask extensive questions.