NICE and BHS guidelines on hypertension differ importantly

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7477.1289-a (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1289
  1. Neil R Poulter, president, British Hypertension Society (n.poulter@imperial.ac.uk)
  1. Imperial College, London W2 1PG

    EDITOR—The NICE guidelines on hypertension remind the public that hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Their added value to those who manage hypertension is, however, unclear, given the recent national and international guidelines from experts and primary care doctors with an interest in hypertension.13 The NICE guidance is largely consistent with these guidelines, but it differs from those of the British Hypertension Society in several important ways, thereby leading to confusion and potentially suboptimal management of hypertension. However, if both sets of guidelines improve …

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