These days, recommendations, guidelines, and consensus statements are everywhere in health care. One of the main goals of recommendations and guidelines is to provide health care professionals with sound evidence to help them provide the best possible care to their patients. Name a medical condition and you'll find some recommendations or guidelines for it. And high blood pressure is no exception!
Each year, Hypertension Canada reviews and updates its recommendations for the management of high blood pressure in adults and children. Hypertension Canada’s guideline panel is composed of a diverse group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and academics. These experts identify and review studies relevant to high blood pressure and produce recommendations based on the information they have reviewed.
So why do we need these recommendations? Even though there have been significant advancements in the management of high blood pressure, 1 in 3 Canadians with high blood pressure do not have their blood pressure controlled, and almost 1 in 5 Canadians with high blood pressure are not even aware that they have it. Since treating high blood pressure can reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, heart and kidney disease, and reduce the risk of dying, tackling the issues related to high blood pressure is critical to the health of many Canadians.
The recommendations are a very useful tool. Each year, new information is gathered through research and new treatments are discovered. All this data has to be updated and shared with physicians and other health care professionals. Armed with the recommendations, health care professionals can provide optimal care to their patients with high blood pressure.
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