NICE hypertension guideline

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A brief guide on the diagnosis and management of hypertension, includes visual summaries on treatment and choice of antihypertensive drug.

One in three adults in the UK are affected by hypertension. The likelihood of a person developing hypertension increases with age. Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular conditions, such as stroke, myocardial infarction, and peripheral vascular disease.  

This Guidelines summary of the NICE hypertension guideline includes new and updated recommendations on:

  • Measuring blood pressure
  • Diagnosing hypertension
  • Assessing cardiovascular risk and target organ damage
  • Treating and monitoring hypertension
  • Choosing antihypertensive drug treatment (for people with or without type 2 diabetes)
  • Identifying who to refer for same-day specialist review.

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