Hypertension Clinical Practice Guidelines (ISH, 2020): What Is New?

Med Princ Pract. 2021;30(6):579-584. doi: 10.1159/000518812. Epub 2021 Aug 2.


Objective: In May 2020, the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) published "Practice Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension." The ISH 2020 guidelines were developed based on evidence criteria (i) to be used globally, (ii) to be fit for application in low-middle-income and high-income settings, and (iii) to be concise, simple, and easy to use by clinicians, nurses, and community health workers, as appropriate. The defined purpose was to adhere to the current evidence and develop a balanced proposal for global use in line with the ISH mission.

Methodology: Multiple novel approaches have been included keeping in mind about lifestyle modification and flexibility in treatment options.

Results and conclusions: The ISH 2020 guidelines are practical and physician friendly. It also proves immensely helpful for low-resource countries without national guidelines on the management of hypertension.

Keywords: Guidelines; Hypertension.

MeSH terms

  • Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Humans
  • Hypertension* / drug therapy
  • Hypertension* / prevention & control
  • Hypertension* / therapy
  • Life Style
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Societies, Medical
  • World Health Organization


  • Antihypertensive Agents