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Aim. To study the doctor awareness of the criteria of resistant hypertension (RHT) and to evaluate the features of the combination therapy of RTH patients in outpatient clinics. Material and methods. An analysis of medical records of patients with hypertension (n=1000) in 5 outpatient clinics in Moscow was made. A group of patients (n=126) with difficult to control hypertension 2-3 degrees, that internists considered as RTH, was specified. A survey of internists (n=78) of these outpatient clinics was also performed using a special questionnaire, which included questions on diagnosis and management of patients with RTH.
Results. 47% of doctors were not able to give a clear RTH definition. About 75% of internists prefer to increase the drug doses consistently in spite of its low initial efficacy. 20% of physicians used triple combination in the initial treatment of RHT. More than 40% of patients received not enough effective drug combinations.
Conclusion. Doctor awareness of RHT diagnostic criteria and management remained insufficient. RHT treatment is carried out with the use of not enough effective antihypertensive combinations and with low doses of drugs.

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R. R. Kushkhova
Russian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Moscow
Russian Federation

A. G. Avtandilov
Russian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Moscow
Russian Federation

A. A. Pukhaeva
Russian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Moscow
Russian Federation


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Kushkhova R.R., Avtandilov A.G., Pukhaeva A.A. RESISTANT HYPERTENSION: THE AWARENESS OF DOCTORS AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE COMBINATION THERAPY. Rational Pharmacotherapy in Cardiology. 2016;12(2):176-179. (In Russ.)

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