UK – NICE updates high blood pressure guidelines

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a draft updated guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).

The new plans are in keeping with the NHS Long Term Plan, hoping to improve outcomes in cardiovascular disease (CVD), including preventing strokes and heart attacks, through better detection and treatment of high blood pressure.

The biggest change to the previous guidance published in 2011 is that the threshold for CVD risk at which treatment for high blood pressure should be considered has been reduced.

The new guideline also recommends that blood pressure lowering drugs should be offered to people aged under 80 with a diagnosis of stage 1 hypertension who have an estimated 10-year risk of CVD of 10% or more, meaning that in total about 450,000 men and 270,000 women could now qualify for treatment…