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Pharmacologic Treatment of Hypertension

presented by Barbara Gladson

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This course, taught by Dr. Barbara Gladson, reviews the major categories of drugs used to treat high blood pressure. Students will learn the mechanism of action, indications, and adverse drug reactions associated with these agents. They will be able to recognize adverse events and perform emergency procedures, as well as implement strategies for minimizing these occurrences.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Barbara Gladson, PT, OT, PhD

    Dr. Gladson has earned a BS from the University of Pennsylvania in Occupational Therapy, a MS degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia and a PhD in Pharmacology from the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Health Professions, and the Director of the Rutgers BioPharma Educational Initiative, MS in Clinical Trial Sciences, which educates individuals seeking to enter the Pharmaceutical Industry. Dr. Gladson's areas of teaching include Medical Pathophysiology, Pharmacokinetics, Cultural Diversity in Clinical Trials and Pharmacology. She has developed several web-based courses and has recently completed a textbook in pharmacology. Dr. Gladson’s research interests include methodology to improve subject recruitment efforts in clinical trials as well as in educating the public on the value of participating in a drug trial.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. The Role of the Autonomic Nervous System in Producing Hypertension

    1. The Role of the Autonomic Nervous System in Producing Hypertension

    Chapter One provides the foundation of knowledge necessary to understand the function of the Autonomic Nervous System. Participants will learn the anatomy of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as the anatomy of adrenergic and muscarinic receptors.

  2. Function of the Autonomic System

    2. Function of the Autonomic System

    Chapter Two discusses the function and mechanisms of the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems. Dr. Gladson delves deeper into the functions of adrenergic and cholinergic agonists and antagonists, including side effects and effects on blood pressure.

  3. Antihypertensive Agents

    3. Antihypertensive Agents

    Chapter Three reviews the tissue targets for antihypertensive drugs. Participants will learn to identify red flags associated with antihypertensive drugs and activities that can minimize these effects. Dr. Gladson also presents exercises that complement antihypertensive drugs.