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Research Article

Management guidelines in essential hypertension: report of the second working party of the British Hypertension Society.

British Medical Journal 1993; 306 doi: (Published 10 April 1993) Cite this as: British Medical Journal 1993;306:983
  1. P Sever,
  2. G Beevers,
  3. C Bulpitt,
  4. A Lever,
  5. L Ramsay,
  6. J Reid,
  7. J Swales
  1. Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, London.


    Several important new issues have arisen in the management of patients with hypertension. A working party of the British Hypertension Society has therefore reviewed available intervention studies on anti-hypertensive treatment and made recommendations on blood pressure thresholds for intervention, on non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments, and on treatment goals. This report also provides guidelines on blood pressure measurement, essential investigations, referrals for specialist advice, follow up, and stopping treatment.