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RESPONSE # 2Theresa Pecsek,Good post this week! If we knew more information about this patient, specifically if thepatient is African American, it may change some of the treatment regimen for the patient(Arcangelo, Peterson, Wilbur, & Reinhold, 2017). Per the JNC 8 treatment guidelines, patient ofAfrican descent, without chronic kidney disease, should be placed on calcium channel blockersand thiazide diuretics when initiating therapy for hypertension (Page, 2014). For the patient isthis scenario, I would recommend discontinuing the atenolol. Keeping the patient on hydralazine10 mg qid, which may need a dosage increase, and adding a calcium channel blocker. I wouldadd amlodipine 5 mg daily to the patient’s treatment regimen. Amlodipine is a calcium channelblocker, which are potent vasodilators used in treating hypertension (Arcangelo et al., 2017).