The Quality of Life of Hypertensive Patients in Long-term Studies
Quality of life is an important aspect of any kind of drug treatment. It is obvious that the influence drug treatment exerts on the quality of life is of secondary importance when the disease in question poses an immediate threat to life, such as is the case with cancer. In such cases, the patient is usually willing even to accept a marked deterioration in quality of life provided that there is hope of being cured by the treatment. The question as to the adverse influence exerted on the quality of life by drug treatment gains decisive significance, however, when applied to diseases which do not pose an immediate threat to life and which, as a rule, even run their course without symptoms, as is the case, for example, with hypertension. Chronic hypertension is treated because untreated hypertension in the long-run is known to be associated with increased morbidity and mortality due to left ventricular failure, coronary heart disease, or stroke. Other consequences of untreated hypertension may be acceleration of hypertension or the development of malignant hypertension. As regards treatment of hypertension, it seems particularly important to use drugs which do not adversely affect the quality of life, since the drugs have to be taken by the patient for many years or even for a lifetime.
KeywordsHypertensive Patient Sexual Dysfunction Mild Hypertension Malignant Hypertension Placebo Control Group
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