ALLHAT Reactions; Regulatory, Guidelines, and Research News

A nice review on Medscape (Free – login required) of ALLHAT (Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial).  Since the press has gotten-hold of the results, I've had several patients ask to be treated with thiazides.  

Some useful Hypertension resources:

ALLHAT slides from

A great article on Secondary Hypertension from American Family Physician

C-Reactive Protein and Ischemia in Users and Nonusers of -Blockers and Statins Published in Circulation this week.  I ordered my frist CRP this week in a man with borderline hypertension, borderline LDL, and is a former smoker.  He really doesn't want to take medications.  I suppose a low CRP would reassure me, and a high one may help me decide to start him on something.  b-blocker?  statin?  thaizide?