Letters, calls and emails: Hypertension guidance is complementary

Dear Editor

I am pleased that there is good recognition of the NICE/British Hypertension Society (BHS) guideline update so soon after its launch (GP, 3 November).  

The NICE/BHS guideline focuses on BP management, whereas the new Joint British Societies’ guidelines and the BHS IV guideline cover cardiovascular risk assessment and when to use statins and aspirin, so I am not surprised that doctors are using different sources. It is important to note that each of these sources is complementary and consistent.  

What is more important is whether the guidance is being implemented.  

Professor Bryan Williams Chairman, BHS guideline group 

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