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Table 1 Recommendations for antihypertensive drug choices according to co-morbidities, the Current Care Hypertension guideline 2002 [27]

From: Change in antihypertensive drug prescribing after guideline implementation: a controlled before and after study

  First line medication Second choice Special considerations
Hypertension Thiazide diuretics ACEI Beta-blocking agents ARB Diuretics or CCBs if isolated systolic blood pressure
Diabetes ACEI Diuretics Beta-blocking agents CCBs   
CHD Beta-blocking agents Diuretics CCBs  
Heart failure ACEI Diuretics Beta-blocking agents ARB  
Arrhythmia Beta-blocking agents CCBs   Depends on the type of arrhythmia
Dyslipidaemia    Do not have significance to the drug choice
Asthma or COPD Diuretics CCBs ACEI   
  1. Abbreviations: ACEI, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; ARB, angiotensin II receptor inhibitor; CCBs, calcium channel blockers; CHD, coronary heart disease; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.