About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about the care and treatment of people with high blood pressure (hypertension) that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 127.

This is an update of advice on hypertension that NICE produced in 2006. The advice on measuring blood pressure, what blood pressure measurements mean and treating high blood pressure with drugs has changed.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are an adult (aged 18 and over) with high blood pressure.

The advice in the NICE guideline includes special consideration of:

  • black people of African and Caribbean family origin

  • people aged 80 and over.

No, if you:

  • have diabetes

  • are a child or young person (aged under 18)

  • are pregnant.

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