Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Practice Guidelines

Hypertension in adults: summary of updated NICE guidance

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 21 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5310

Rapid Response:

There is a logic error in the second page of the Visual Summary

In the section on the management of adults with hypertension,

the age selection boxes under the "Stage 1 hypertension" text box

indicates "Age > 80" and "Age < 80". This logic offers no treatment

option for an 80 year old patient! The correct logic should be

"Age >= 80" ( greater than or equal to 80 ) and "Age < 80"

( less than 80 ) .This error has been propagated from the original

NICE guideline, appearing on page 1 of the NICE visual summary [1].


[1] Hypertension in adults: diagnosis and management - NICE guideline [NG136] , August 2019

( accessed November 2019 )

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 November 2019
Andrew W Colman
Physician and Computer Scientist
Honorary Research Associate
Institute of Cellular Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU