Hypertension rates have been steadily growing for decades.  Our health care system is now also facing an epidemic of CHF brought about by a number of factors, including untreated hypertension. As cardiologists, we see a critical opportunity aimed at addressing the disease before it takes hold and finding better ways to detect, treat and manage high blood pressure.

As a first-line of defense, regular physical activity, a healthy diet and managing stress are key factors.  However, when lifestyle changes alone cannot reduce hypertension, medication, including diuretics, beta-blockers and various prescription inhibitors become treatment options. The choice of medication depends on a variety of factors, including other conditions patients may be battling.

We will delve into these important discussions at the annual Cardiovascular Disease Management: A Case-Based Approach, 6th Annual Symposium, which will take place October 11-12, 2018 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ.  The scientific program will feature important conversations on the updated hypertension guidelines and their implications for patient management and treatment. We tackle cardiovascular disease through a case-based approach to allow the entire cardiovascular care team to examine clinical results in the field, and discuss trends, critical breakthroughs, and new options on the horizon.

We will be joined by Dr. Michael Weber, one of the world’s foremost experts on hypertension, to discuss the implications of the new guidelines now that nearly 50% of Americans have hypertension.  Dr. J. Brian Byrd will also join us to speak about treatable causes of hypertension and whether or not we are recognizing them all.  Also, Dr. Nancy Sweitzer will share details about new agents and treatment options for CHF, an important piece of the puzzle.  More information on the symposium can be found on our website.

I welcome your thoughts on the subject in the discussion below, and hope to see you in Phoenix this October!

Richard R. Heuser, MD, FACC
Chief of Cardiology
St. Luke’s Medical Center
Professor of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Phoenix, AZ