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Measurement of adult blood pressure and management of hypertension before elective surgery

Summary

This guideline aims to ensure that patients admitted to hospital for elective surgery are known to have blood pressures below 160 mmHg systolic and 100 mmHg diastolic in primary care. The objective for primary care is to fulfil this criterion before referral to secondary care for elective surgery. These guidelines cover but are not limited to:

  • Blood pressure, hypertension and anaesthesia
  • Best practice: the diagnosis of hypertension
  • Best practice: the treatment of hypertension
  • The treatment of cardiovascular risk, not hypertension