June 1998, Volume 48, Issue 6

Student's Corner

Web Review The Hypertension Network http://www.bloodpressure.com

Syed Mahmood Ali Shah  ( Fourth Year M.B.B.S, The Aga Khan University, Karachi. )

For the people who are interested in the latest advancements in the cure and prevention of hypertension, The Hypertension Network is the place to visit. Edited by Thomas G. Pickering, MD., D. Phil, the main page has the network logo on the top followed by the mission statement “Our mission is to improve the quality of care of people suffering from high blood pressure by helping them get information about this common medical conditionwhichaffects 50 million Americans and find physicians with a special interest and expertise in treating them” They have also given their e- mail address in the first paragraph info@bloodpressure.com.. This site is full of latest research on the control and prevention of high blood pressure. Right from the main page physicians, who are currently involved in the treatment of hypertension, can register themselves with the network to receive regular updates. You will also find the names and contacts of the registered physicians currently involved in reseaith and treatmentof hypertension. Although they have highlighted the latest on the main page, a well designed navigation map on the left side of the main page is available for focussed suifing. When you click on Q & A, you might not find Riz Khan, but you will definitely find the common questions and answers related to the disease. It also includes tips for management at home or in hospital setting. If you need an update on the latest trends and research in the pharmacotherapy of blood pressure, you can click on trials where you will also fmd the following link: “How you can get FREE high blood pressure medicine for up to 5 years. The Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT)”. I am not sure if its worthtiying. Other links include a glossaiy, index of links to related sites, products page which includes a pressure monitor review, download area where a very basic windows based blood pressure recording log book is free for download. Overall The Hypertention Network is an excellent site for all.

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