Blood Pressure Task Force

Hypertension is the most prevalent condition seen in primary care. There have been a lot of different opinions in hypertension-management guidelines. This site has been developed to assist the clinicians in identification, treatment, and management of hypertension utilizing scientific evidence-based approaches.

Blood Pressure Algorithm Templates

Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened an expert panel to develop and update treatment guidelines of high blood pressure. This group’s last and final report was entitled “The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure” (JNC7 Guidelines) published in 2003. With unexpected delays during the development of what was to become known as the JNC8 Guidelines, the NHLBI announced their decision to pass this commitment to an appropriate medical group. A few weeks later, the Institute announced that JNC8 would get published under the auspices of the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. However, this arrangement fell through, leaving the former JNC8 panel to release its data analysis and recommendations without endorsement from a medical association.

Five panel experts were in disagreement with the JNC8 recommendations which led to the development of the minority view. These experts included: Dr. Jackson T. Wright Jr., Case Medical Center, Cleveland; Dr. Lawrence J. Fine, NHLBI, Bethesda, Md.; Daniel T. Lackland, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe, New York University; and Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Please refer to a series of publications below explaining this journey of events. The future for JNC7 and JNC8 Guidelines will convene through leadership of a combined effort between the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Additional Resources and Presentations


Page last updated: July 6, 2017