American College of Physicians: Internal Medicine — Doctors for Adults ®


The MKSAP Challenge

From the June ACP Observer, copyright 2004 by the American College of Physicians.

Clinical scenario

A 55-year-old woman was recently found to have mild hypertension; her blood pressure has ranged from 140-151/90-96 mm Hg. She would like to avoid taking medication and asks what else she can do to lower her blood pressure.

Which of the following lifestyle changes would most effectively lower this patient's blood pressure?

A. Biking vigorously for 30 minutes 3 days per week
B. Walking 1 mile 4 days per week
C. Sodium restriction to 6 g/d
D. Potassium supplementation of 10 meq/d
E. Calcium supplementation, 1000 mg/d



This is a printer-friendly version of this page

Print this page  |  Close the preview




Internist Archives Quick Links

Prescribe Opioids Safely

Prescribe Opioids Safely

Access this FREE online educational program to help you safely prescribe opioids and manage patients with chronic pain. Online CME is available. Find out more.

Inspire the Next Generation of Medicine

Inspire the Next Generation of Medicine

Contribute to the ACP Education Fund and support our profession and the young minds starting their careers.

Share your love of medicine by making a charitable donation today! All donations are tax-deductible.