The British and Irish Hypertension Society the forum for professionals working in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the UK and Ireland.  The Society comprises doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers specialising in the delivery of care in hypertension and allied fields, together with clinicians and scientists in the forefront of cardiovascular research. 

The Society provides a broad spectrum of scientific and educational activities. These include the production and regular updating of internationally renowned guidelines for the management of hypertension; an Information Service for healthcare professionals; a Validation Service for manufacturers of blood pressure monitors; coordinating collaborative research into aspects of hypertension and cardiovascular risk; and holding scientific meetings covering all aspects of research and the delivery of care related to hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

An Annual Scientific Meeting is held every September at a University campus in the UK or Ireland.

Latest News

Understanding Hypertension Diagnosis and Management

Study day for Nurses and AHPs | Friday, 30 June 2017 | 9.20am – 4pm
Deakin Centre, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Registration fee: £50 BIHS members, £60 non-members 

Click here to for more information and online registration

May Measurement Month 2017  

The British & Irish Hypertension Society is supporting the ISH initiative to measure 25 million blood pressures around the world during the month of May.  We need the help of healthcare professionals to set up screening stations all over the UK and Ireland. Click here to see how you can become involved.  

More information on the project can be found on the May Measurement Month website.

For a list of UK and Ireland screening sites, please click here 


BHS is now BIHS!

At the Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, 20 September 2016, the British Hypertension Society officially changed its name to:

British and Irish Hypertension Society

We are in the process of making the change in all areas of the Society's business and a re-design of the website will reflect the new name. This is in the negotiation stage and may take a few months to implement.  In the meantime, the new name will be used in all future correspondence and projects.


Population Dietary Salt Reduction and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease – New Statement, August 2016

In June 2011 the British Hypertension Society, after appraising the quality of publications questioning the appropriateness of population salt reduction, issued a statement supporting the implementation of national and global programmes of moderate reduction in salt intake. The Society now publishes a new statement in light of more recent publications. 


Queen’s Birthday Honour for Professor Anna Dominiczak

Professor Anna Dominiczak was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her services to cardiovascular and medical science in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.  Professor Dominiczak is a long-standing member of the BHS and we offer her our warmest congratulations.


World Hypertension Day - 17th May 2016

 For World Hypertension DayBen Kolb from the BHF speaks with Professor Morris Brown, one of the lead researchers on the BHS PATHWAY programme, a series of BHF-funded clinical trials into hypertension treatment.  Click here to read the interview.


BIHS Annual Scientific Meeting 2017

11 - 13 September
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

New dedicated meeting website, now LIVE:



Lower is better: blood pressure targets for high-risk people with diabetes or kidney disease

NIHR Dissemination Signals Article Published on 26 January 2016 with Expert Commentary from the British Hypertension Society

There were fewer heart attacks and strokes when people with cardiovascular conditions, diabetes or kidney disease followed lower blood pressure targets than usually recommended. This came at the expense of only a small increase in rates of severe low blood pressure. Click on the title to read the full article 

The measurement of adult blood pressure and management of hypertension before elective surgery

Joint Guidelines from the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Hypertension Society 

The joint AAGBI/BHS guideline 'The measurement of adult blood pressure and management of hypertension before elective surgery' is published today, 18 January 2016, on-line in the journal Anaesthesia. Click here for open access. This is the first guideline ever published that covers this subject. It is a collaborative venture between two societies and we hope it will be acceptable to both primary and secondary care. We are grateful to Blood Pressure UK for their help with this matter. 

BHS PATHWAY Research Studies

The results of the three PATHWAY studies were presented at the BHS Annual Scientific Meeting on Wednesday 23 September 2015.  PATHWAYS 2 and 3 were also presented at the recent ESC meeting. PATHWAY 2 was published in The Lancet on Monday 21 September and PATHWAY 3 was published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology on Friday 16 October 2015. Click on each study to read the press release:

Monotherapy vs combination therapy for initial treatment

Optimal therapy of resistant hypertension

Optimal vs combination diuretic with low-renin hypertension

Joint UK Societies Consensus Statement on Renal Denervation

The heading above links to the article published by Heart in November 2014 

Tackling High Blood Pressure: From Evidence into Action

18 November 2014

Public Health England and a number of partners across local and national government, the health service, voluntary sector and academia, including the BHS, have come together with the ambition of improving the prevention, early detection and management of high blood pressure in England.  The new group has published an action plan setting out the steps towards emulating the success of other countries, such as the US and Canada. Click here for full details

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