Europe stays put on hypertensive thresholds

But the US takes a more conservative approach

Europe is not budging from its current blood pressure diagnostic threshold despite the US charging ahead with a more conservative approach to managing arterial hypertension.

Last year, a revised US hypertension guideline saw a lowering of the threshold from 140/90mmHg to 130/80mmHg.

But a first look at the new 2018 European guidelines, presented at the European Society of Hypertension meeting in Barcelona last week, indicates the status quo remains.

This is in line with Australia’s position where it has been argued that the widening of the definition of hypertension could increase overtreatment and serious adverse drug-related events.

Likewise, the European guideline writers from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) appeared to have shied away from