TURK KARDIYOLOJI DERNEGI ARSIVI-ARCHIVES OF THE TURKISH SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY, vol.43, no.4, pp.402-409, 2015 (ESCI)
Hypertension is a common and important public health problem in Turkey and worldwide. Recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension have been presented in many nationally and internationally agreed European and American guidelines. However, there are differences among these guidelines, and some of the recommendations are not consistent with clinical practice in our country. Consensus report preparation, with the participation of relevant associations, was considered necessary to merge recommendations by evaluating hypertension guidelines from the perspective of Turkey and to create a joint approach in the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension in adults. For this purpose, it was aimed to prepare a practical text in Turkey in which all physicians dealing with hypertensive patients, from family practitioners in primary care to specialists in tertiary care, could come to agreement on common concepts, and which would be used as a basic reference guideline. Considering health care practices and sociocultural structure in Turkey, this report aimed to enhance awareness on hypertension, provide a common basis for different definitions and values as well as therapeutic options in various guidelines, and establish a practical reference guide to improve clinical practices in Turkey. This report is not a document describing hypertension in every aspect, but a reference, including basic recommendations with outlines. Care was taken to ensure that recommendations were evidence-based and valid for a majority of patients in clinical practice. However, it should be kept in mind that an approach assessment should be made on an individual basis for each patient.