Updated 07 July 2014

Resistant Hypertension

If, despite triple-drug therapy, hypertension cannot be reduced to below 140/90 mm Hg, the it may be Resistant Hypertension.


There are two major types of hypertension and four more not so common types, including Resistant Hypertension.

Resistant Hypertension

If blood pressure cannot be reduced to below 140/90 mm Hg, despite a triple-drug regime, resistant hypertension is considered. Frequently, a cause for the resistance is found and overcome.  These patients may benefit from referral to a hypertension specialist.

(Dr Kathleen Coetzee, MBChB)

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