What are the CHEP recommendations and why are they made?

These days, recommendations, guidelines, and consensus statements are everywhere in health care. One of the main goals of recommendations and guidelines is to provide health care professionals with sound evidence to help them provide the best possible care to their patients. Name a medical condition and you'll find some recommendations or guidelines for it. And high blood pressure is no exception!

Each year, the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) provides recommendations for the management of high blood pressure in adults. The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) is composed of many heart health experts. These experts identify and review studies relevant to high blood pressure and produce recommendations based on the information they have reviewed.

So why do we need these recommendations? Even though there have been significant advancements in the management of high blood pressure, more than 40% of Canadians with high blood pressure do not have their blood pressure controlled, and up to 43% of Canadians with high blood pressure are not even aware that they have it. Since treating high blood pressure can reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, heart and kidney disease, and reduce the risk of dying, tackling the issues related to high blood pressure is critical to the health of many Canadians.

The recommendations are a very useful tool. Each year, new information is gathered through research and new treatments are discovered. All this data has to be updated and shared with physicians and other health care professionals. Armed with the recommendations, health care professionals can provide optimal care to their patients with high blood pressure.

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