ESH 2013: New guidelines for the management of arterial hypertension announced

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At ESH 2013, held in June 2013 in Milan, new joint guidelines for the management of arterial hypertension were introduced by the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

A major development is the decision to recommend a single systolic blood pressure target of 140 mmHg for almost all patients. This contrasts with the 2007 version of the guidelines that recommended a 140/90 mmHg target for moderate to low risk patients, and 130/80 mmHg target for high risk patients.

Other changes include an increasing role for home and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring; increased emphasis on assessing the totality of risk fac...