RHC 2014 - First day's highlights

What a day! The Resistant Hypertension Course 2014 started in Berlin with a full packed main Arena. Few words on RHC purposes and objectives from both Felix Mahfoud and Costas Tsioufis, RHC Course Chairmen.

The RHC 2014 Scientific Board, throughthe voice of Atul Pathak introduced new RHC team members. In order to connect the RHC meeting to daily clinical practice, three phenotypes of hypertensive patients were presented. The concept is to follow these patients during three days of Congress: the elderly, the metabolic and the young adrenergic hypertensive patient.

In the main arena, the afternoon sessions have been very interactive and useful for clinical practice. This is a tailored meeting in which every practitioner can find the answer s/he needs for his/her clinical practice avoiding courses filled with long lectures.

A brief on physiopathological mechanisms of hypertension in each patients of the “fil rouge” by Roland Schmieder and Markus Schlaich was of interest for nephrologists, interventional and general cardiologists.

Thomas Zeller and Andreas Baumbach led the second session on the appropriate modalities of blood pressure measurement and initial screening of the hypertensive patient. A great presentation by Michel Burnier underlined the importance of lack of adhesion to treatment as a major cause of uncontrolled hypertension.

In the line of PCR philosophy aimed at improving education for practitioners, the RHC Core Team elaborated an intuitive step by step checklist process to manage challenging hypertension cases. This logical checklist will go digital soon!

Lastly, in a cosy and friendly atmosphere, the RHC club allowed participants to ask any questions to experts on various different topics ranging from cost effectiveness to the set up of a hypertension management clinical program.

A valuable educational first day! Looking forward for tomorrow!


Benjamin Honton

Overview of the second day →
Spotlight on the day 3 →
Interactive programme →