Why attend RHC: the vision of the Board
Effective management of hypertensive patients is associated with a reduction in cardiovascular mortality, stroke and myocardial infarction.
For all hypertensive patients, the normalisation of arterial blood pressure is the main objective of management strategy.
Yet, despite the prescription of combinations of ≥ 3 different antihypertensive drugs, in certain patient populations this objective is not achieved.
In order to provide such hypertensive patients with difficult BP control with optimal care, a systematic holistic approach for the decision-making on the optimal combinations of lifestyle advices, antihypertensive drugs and device-based therapies is crucial.
This Resistant Hypertension Course is a joint initiative of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervention (EAPCI), European Society of Hypertension (ESH), and PCR Organisation aiming to provide a forum of practical exchanges, for medical community taking in charge hypertensive patients, physicians performing interventional medicine and other healthcare providers—with aiming to reflect on the state of knowledge and share acquired experience on the field of hypertensive patients for whom blood pressure normalisation is “difficult to manage”.
Major philosophy supporting RHC concept (Course & Web) is to help all participants (the whole community including general practitioners) build the most appropriate decision-making process in order to develop answer to this fundamental question that impacts their daily practice: “What is the best management and technical strategy for each individual patient presenting with difficult-to-control blood pressure?” and to insure a successful integration of promising new techniques targeting the sympathetic nervous system, into the therapeutic armamentarium, including tips and hints for interventionists.
The RHC concept is based on a consistent and logical step-by-step reasoning approach, linked to routinely-encountered case presentations/discussions and by undertaking an integrated and global appraisal of each patient’s information and a critical appraisal of the available knowledge in the light of both local and personal experience.