Midge Bowers and Bradi Granger recently published an article entitled "Making Sense of Hypertension Guidelines" in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Co-authors include Tracy DeWald.
Hypertension is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and diabetes and is a predisposing
risk factor for most cardiovascular chronic illnesses. The risk for major cardiovascular events drops significantly
when guideline-based blood pressure targets are achieved. Several different societies and organizations have
released guidelines during the past 6 years, and significant clinical trial data have been recently released. Here, we
summarize existing guidelines and recent pertinent clinical trial data to assist practitioners in identifying optimal
treatment strategies for the successful management of hypertension.