The British Hypertension Society is 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

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.

BHS Annual Scientific Meeting 2016

19 - 21 September
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

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

Upcoming Meetings

27 June 2016
Royal College of Physicians of London

For more information click here.

19 - 21 September 2016
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, South Dublin

Please visit the new dedicated meeting website for all information: