Which organizations have issued guidelines for the management of hypertension (high blood pressure)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Many guidelines exist for the management of hypertension. Two of the most widely used recommendations are the 2003 Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7) [5]  and annually updated guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). [71]  

In 2013, both the JNC 8 and the updated joint guidelines from the European Society of Hypertension/European Society of Cardiology (ESH/ESC) were released. In 2014 and 2015, guidelines were issued by the following organizations:

  • American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/American Society of Hypertension (AHA/ACC/ASH) [130]
  • American Society of Hypertension/International Society of Hypertension (ASH/ISH) [132]
  • Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) [129]

In 2017, the ACC/AHA as well as the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) released guidelines for the prevention, detection, evaluation, and management of high blood pressure in adults [1] and the elderly, [72] respectively.

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