BP target may be relaxed in new guidelines

Joint guidelines issued by the European Society of Hypertension and the European Society of Cardiology have abandoned the previous risk-dependent approach of having a 140/90mmHg target for moderate- to low-risk patients and a 130/80mmHg target for high-risk patients.

This has been replaced by a single 140mmHg systolic blood-pressure target for almost all patients, even those with coronary heart disease and previous history of stroke.

Higher BP targets were set for the elderly, while a