Call to focus on systolic BP in the over-50s
GPs should focus on measuring and treating systolic rather than diastolic blood pressure as it is better at predicting risk in middle-aged patients, according to experts.
The call to simplify blood pressure guidelines for the over-50s comes in an editorial in The Lancet by a group of hypertension experts led by Professor Bryan Williams, chair of the British Hypertension Society's guidelines development group.
It said: ‘The use of diastolic pressure for diagnosis and risk stratification in our ageing populations has become illogical.
‘A renewed focus on systolic pressure will simplify the message for practitioners and for patients.'