ISHIB Consensus Statements
Through the publication of its Consensus Statement on the Management of High Blood Pressure in Blacks in this week’s issue of Hypertension, ISHIB today released new recommendations recognizing that high blood pressure among African Americans is a severe health problem. The consensus statement suggests that treatment should start sooner and be more aggressive among African Americans.
The recommended hypertension management strategies, also recognized by the American Society of Hypertension, will assist physicians in ensuring optimal treatment for African Americans with, or at-risk of, high blood pressure.
After an extensive review of the most recent studies and other guidelines on hypertension, the ISHIB writing group, led by John M. Flack, MD, MPH developed a step-by-step guide for risk-stratification, selecting blood pressure targets, and choosing drug treatments to reach these targets. The Consensus Statement offers charts with multi-drug combinations to give physicians tiered options for keeping blood pressure under control and optimally protecting target organs.