Hypertension Canada's 2020 Comprehensive Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis, Risk Assessment, and Treatment of Hypertension in Adults and Children

Can J Cardiol. 2020 May;36(5):596-624. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2020.02.086.


Hypertension Canada's 2020 guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis, risk assessment, and treatment of hypertension in adults and children provide comprehensive, evidence-based guidance for health care professionals and patients. Hypertension Canada develops the guidelines using rigourous methodology, carefully mitigating the risk of bias in our process. All draft recommendations undergo critical review by expert methodologists without conflict to ensure quality. Our guideline panel is diverse, including multiple health professional groups (nurses, pharmacy, academics, and physicians), and worked in concert with experts in primary care and implementation to ensure optimal usability. The 2020 guidelines include new guidance on the management of resistant hypertension and the management of hypertension in women planning pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Algorithms
  • Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
  • Canada
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / complications
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Child
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Drug Resistance
  • Female
  • Health Promotion
  • Heart Failure / complications
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Hypertension / diagnosis*
  • Hypertension / etiology
  • Hypertension / therapy*
  • Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular / complications
  • Medication Adherence
  • Preconception Care
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular / therapy
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / complications
  • Risk Assessment
  • Stroke / complications
  • Telemedicine


  • Antihypertensive Agents