New ESC/ESH hypertension guidelines: first look


  • Mary Corcoran
  • International Medical News
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Delegates attending the European Society of Hypertension meeting in Barcelona at the weekend were given a first look at new European guidelines for the treatment of arterial hypertension. 

The long-awaited guidelines have been jointly developed by clinicians representing the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Society of Hypertension (ESH). They will provide recommendations on diagnosing hypertension, evaluating risk, and when and how to treat high blood pressure and reduce risk, with both lifestyle advice and medications. 

The development of the guidelines was led by Prof Bryan Williams (ESC Chairperson) from the UK and Prof Giuseppe Mancia (ESH Chairperson) from Italy. Commenting on the new guidelines, Professor Giuseppe Mancia, said: “The 2018 ESC/ESH guidelines issue new recommendations on how to optimally treat hypertension. Drug therapy extends to additional groups of patients. Also, blood pressure values to aim at with treatment are lower than in the past. In addition, combination therapy is now recognised as the most effective initial treatment strategy in most patients.”

The full text of the new joint guidelines for the management of arterial hypertension will be published on 25 August 2018 in parallel with a corresponding presentation during the ESC Congress 2018 in Munich.