2020 ISH Global Hypertension Practice Guidelines

6 May 2020 | Hypertension

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To align with its mission to reduce the global burden of raised blood pressure (BP), the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) has developed worldwide practice guidelines for the management of hypertension in adults, aged 18 years and older.

The ISH Guidelines Committee extracted evidence-based content presented in recently published extensively reviewed guidelines and tailored and standards of care in a practical format that is easy-to-use particularly in low, but also in high resource settings – by clinicians, but also nurses and community health workers, as appropriate. Although distinction between low and high resource settings often refers to high (HIC) and low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), it is well established that in HIC there are areas with low resource settings, and vice versa.

Herein optimal care refers to evidence-based standard of care articulated in recent guidelines1,2 and summarized here, whereas standards recognize that standards would not always be possible. Hence essential standards refer to minimum standards of care. To allow specification of essential standards of care for low resource settings, the Committee was often confronted with the limitation or absence in clinical evidence, and thus applied expert opinion.

In the Guidelines, differentiation between optimal and essential standards were not always possible, and were made in sections where it was most practical and sensible. The Guidelines Committee is also aware that some recommended essential standards may not be feasible in low resource settings, for example, out-of-office BP measurements, the requirement of multiple visits for the diagnosis of hypertension, or advising the use of single pill combination therapy. Although challenging to implement, these guidelines may aid in local initiatives to motivate policy changes and serve as an instrument to drive local improvements in standards of care. Every effort should be made to achieve essential standards of care to reduce hypertension-induced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Full text of this guideline can be found at https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.15026.