Fast Five Quiz: Noncoronary Atherosclerosis Management

Yasmine S. Ali, MD


March 01, 2021

Two or more antihypertensive medications are recommended to achieve a target blood pressure < 130/80 mm Hg in most adults with hypertension.

For patients who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack, treatment with a thiazide diuretic, ACE inhibitor, or ARB, or combination treatment consisting of a thiazide diuretic plus ACE inhibitor, is of value.

Treatment of hypertension, both through medication and lifestyle modification, is associated with a decreased incidence of stroke. Patients taking antihypertensive agents to moderate elevated blood pressure are advised to take up these nonpharmacologic interventions:

  • Weight loss

  • A heart-healthy dietary pattern

  • Sodium reduction

  • Dietary potassium supplementation

  • Increased physical activity with a structured exercise program

  • Limited alcohol

Learn more about guidelines for atherosclerosis.


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