The World Health Organization publishes new guidelines on hypertension

On the 25th of August, WHO published new hypertension guidelines. Titled “WHO Guideline for the pharmacological treatment of hypertension in adults”, the guidelines provide new recommendations to help countries improve management of hypertension, including when to start medications, what types of medications to use (and in what combinations), target blood pressure levels and how often blood pressure follow-up appointments should be conducted. The guidelines follow a publication by WHO and Imperial College London, showing the number of adults with hypertension has doubled since 1990 with 1.28 billion people living with hypertension globally, 700 million of which having undiagnosed hypertension.

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