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Elibility criteria

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(1) uncomplicated hypertension: no evidence of left ventricular hypertrophy, hypertensive retinopathy or renal impairment

(2) absence of other major cardiovascular risk factors: established ischaemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, familial hypercholesterolaemia, cerebrovascular disorders

(3) consistently well controlled blood pressure

(4) patients only receiving low dosage monotherapy

(5) patients with a normal echocardiogram

Some authorities regard 1,2 and 3 as sufficient conditions for the withdrawal of antihypertensive medication. However other authorities regard all 5 conditions as necessary in order for antihypertensive medication to be withdrawn.


  1. Prescribers' Journal (1997); 37 (3): 145-50.

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