Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Amanda Perkins


Hypertension is treatable and stroke is a preventable outcome given the right medication. But what medication regimen is the most effective? This paper will analyze several types of conventional therapies considered first line treatments and then examine the well-supported “newer” therapies targeted at stroke


prevention. There will also be a review of some of the literature regarding drug combination approaches, and why this is worth thinking about as we evaluate stroke prevention in the management of hypertension. Lastly, having traveled to Costa Rica for two weeks with the Augsburg Physician Assistant Program, I will highlight the prevalence of hypertension in Costa Rica, as well as the main barriers the country faces in treating this condition.

My hypothesis based on the research that I have gathered, is that calcium channel blockers are the single, most effective antihypertensive medication available at preventing stroke.