Hypertension Canada and International Society of Hypertension

Hypertension Canada and International Society of Hypertension

September 24, 2010 09:00 ET

World's Top Cardiovascular Experts Meet to Discuss Increased Risk for Cardiovascular Diseases and Management of Hypertension

Global Conference September 26-30 in Vancouver Will Focus on Treatment and Prevention of Hypertension, a Condition Which Affects One Billion People Worldwide

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2010) - Many of the world's leading cardiovascular specialists and scientists are convening in Vancouver starting Sunday, September 26, to discuss the causes, prevention, treatment and control of hypertension – more commonly known as high blood pressure – at the International Society of Hypertension conference, Hypertension 2010.

While Canada leads the way in hypertension control, with two thirds of hypertension patients seeking treatment, many patients remain undiagnosed and uncontrolled. Conference leaders warn that past progress should not be used as an excuse for future complacency. Despite the ready availability of proven means of detecting and treating hypertension, there remain ongoing challenges in the prevention and control of hypertension and associated atherosclerotic risk factors.

"Hypertension is one of the most important factors causing strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure and has been linked to other conditions including dementia," said Dr. Simon Rabkin, Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and President of Vancouver Hypertension 2010. "By bringing the top experts in fundamental research, clinical investigation as well as population health and public policy together in the same meeting, we will learn of breakthroughs in research and build interactions to generate new ideas for the prevention and control of hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors."

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in many countries and is increasing at an alarming rate in countries with emerging economies and in younger population groups. As the population ages, there will be an increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease, particularly in developing nations.

Among the major topics to be addressed at Hypertension 2010 are the links between cardiovascular disease and other conditions such as obesity, diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia and contributing factors such as age, gender, sodium intake and cigarette smoking. New concepts on the mechanisms responsible for hypertension, blood pressure measurements and the effectiveness of new drug and dietary approaches for treatment and control of multiple risk factors will be advanced at the conference.

The full meeting program is available at www.vancouverhypertension2010.com. Selected topics include:

  • Basic mechanisms of hypertension
  • Obesity and metabolic disorders
  • Optimal guidelines for management
  • Hypertension in countries around the world
  • Traditional Chinese medicine in the control of hypertension
  • Sleep disturbances and blood pressure regulation
  • How, where and by whom should blood pressure be measured
  • Efficacy of influenza vaccine in reducing major adverse cardiac events
  • Nutrition and cardiovascular health
  • Genetics and molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease
  • The preventive and therapeutic effect of melatonin in hypertension
  • Smoking and associated cardiovascular risk factors
  • Dietary sodium and population health; strategies for sodium reduction
  • Formulating cardiovascular public policy
  • Vascular disease in women
  • Hypertension in pregnancy
  • Hypertension in the elderly
  • New drug treatments

Around the world, more than one billion people are believed to have hypertension, a silent killer lacking visible symptoms. Higher sodium diets, sedentary lifestyles and increasing obesity rates all factor in the anticipated spike in hypertension rates. "There is a need for broader public awareness about the risks associated with hypertension and how to control it," said Dr. Rabkin.

Vancouver Hypertension 2010 is a joint meeting of Hypertension Canada and the International Society of Hypertension.

BACKGROUND:

Hypertension Canada advances health by the prevention and control of high blood pressure through research, advocacy, education and knowledge development and translation. Hypertension Canada is a newly integrated, volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization representing over 50 years of expertise in the field of hypertension. Hypertension Canada represents the joining of resources and expertise of three organizations: Blood Pressure Canada (BPC), Canadian Hypertension Society (CHS) and Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP).

The International Society of Hypertension (ISH), established in 1966, is a dynamic, fast growing worldwide group of experts who form a network committed to educating healthcare and allied professionals and the public on hypertension and preventing its consequences. The ISH was awarded charitable status in England and Wales on December 31, 2007. As a not-for-profit organisation, all revenue generated is committed to research and teaching projects. The ISH has just over 1,000 members from more than 70 countries.

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