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2011 Canadian hypertension guidelines released

May 17, 2011

The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) has issued the 2011 Canadian hypertension guidelines, to update the previous guidelines published in 2010.


2011 CHEP Key Messages:

1. Assess blood pressure at all appropriate visits.

2. Promote a healthy lifestyle to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease at each visit with interventions to reduce high dietary sodium, for smoking cessation, to reduce abdominal obesity, to promote a healthy weight, to increase physical activity and to manage dyslipidemia and dysglycemia.

3. Treat blood pressure to less than 140/90 mmHg in most people and to less than 130/80 mmHg in people with diabetes or chronic kidney disease using a combination of drugs and lifestyle modifications.

4. Advocate for healthy public policies to prevent hypertension and advance the health of patients and populations.

5. Keep up to date with resources for the prevention and control of hypertension by registering at and downloading and ordering tools at