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European hypertension guidelines beat JNC-8 out of the gate, push for systolic goal of less than 140 mm Hg for all patients

KEY POINT

New hypertension guidelines from the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) simplified treatment decisions and recommended a systolic blood pressure (SBP) goal of less than 140 mm Hg for all patients and a diastolic blood pressure (DBP) goal of less than 90 mm Hg except in patients with diabetes. The ESH/ESC guidelines were published ahead of the much-anticipated Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC-8) guidelines.

SOURCES

Mancia G et al. 2013 ESH/ESC guidelines for the management of arterial hypertension. Journal of Hypertension. 2013;31:1281–1357.