High blood pressure.
Individual at risk
Guidance at RECRUITMENT
Guidance at CT/WORK-UP
ACCEPTABLE if well controlled. However, the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors should also be considered.
A threshold of should be set by the registry for upper limits of systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
If above this threshold, the donor should be temporarily deferred until the hypertension is controlled. If medication is initiated or recently changed (< 4 weeks), or if hypertension is under investigation, the donor should also be temporarily deferred.
Number or types of drugs should not influence deferral if blood pressure is well controlled.
Justification for guidance
Uncontrolled hypertension increases the risk of heart failure, myocardial infarction, stroke, and kidney damage.
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