Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer!
In observance of World Hypertension Day 2022 - conmemorated every May 17th, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), through the HEARTS in the Americas Initative in collaboration with The Lancet Regional Health-Americas, kindly invites you to attend the webinar on Friday 13 May, 2022. This webinar will highlight the low hypertension awareness rate worldwide, promote accurate blood pressure measurement methods, and underscore the importance of improving hypertension control to live longer and healthier.
How to participate
- DATE: Friday, May 13th, 2022
- TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. [check below the local time in other cities]
- REGISTER: https://paho-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fog_0BYzSo6bK1oTCbhgMA
- LANGUAGES: Spanish, English and Portuguese, with simultaneous interpretation in all languages.
Primary health care teams, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Specialists in family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, hypertension, nephrology and diabetes. Medicine, nursing and health science students. Health policymakers and managers, and health insurance organizations.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the Americas and raised blood pressure accounts for over 50% of CVD. Unfortunately, in the Americas, over a quarter of adult women and four in ten adult men have hypertension, and the diagnosis, treatment, and control are suboptimal. Remarkably, only a few countries exhibit a population hypertension control rate of over 50%. To address this critical problem, PAHO initiated the HEARTS in the Americas, a comprehensive CVD risk reduction initiative currently being implemented in nearly 1400 health facilities in 22 countries.
The Lancet Regional Health–Americas has published two HEARTS related papers in its May issue. A policy paper with specific recommendations to highlight the facilitating role of the HEARTS in the Americas Initiative to catalyze the implementation of the new WHO guideline on the pharmacologic treatment of hypertension; and a paper on implementing eight key drivers for hypertension control, a set of clinical and managerial recommendations to guide the program implementation and improve hypertension control.
- Dr. Pedro Ordunez, Advisor, HEARTS in the Americas Initiative, PAHO/WHO
- Dr. Taissa Vila, Editor-in-Chief. The Lancet Regional Health-Americas (Guest Moderator)
First segment. Health Policy
- Policies to support the implementation of the WHO guideline on the pharmacological treatment of hypertension.
- Dr. Norm Campbell. Professor. University of Alberta, Canada.
- Dr. Patricio López-Jaramillo. President and Professor, Universidad de Santander (UDES), Colombia
- Dr. José Ruales. Vice-Minister. Ministry of Health. Ecuador.
- Dr. Kenneth Connell. Deputy Dean. Faculty of Medical Sciences. The University of the West Indies. Barbados
- Dr. Beatriz Champagne. Director. Healthy Latin America Coalition (CLAS).
Second segment. Policy in Action
- Key drivers and HEARTS Clinical Pathway to improve hypertension control in primary care practice
- Dr. Jeffrey W. Brettler. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
- Dr. Frida L. Plavnik. Oswaldo Cruz German Hospital and the Heart Institute. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Dr. Matías Villatoro. Coordinator, Noncommunicable Disease Office. Ministry of Health of El Salvador.
- Dra. Taraleen Malcolm. Advisor, PAHO, Trinidad and Tobago.
- Dr. Andrew E. Moran. Director. Global Hypertension Control. Resolve to Save Lives.
- The way forward
- Dr. Paul K. Whelton. Professor. Tulane University. School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. New Orleans, LA. USA
- Q & A session
- 10:00 am.– Los Angeles
- 11:00 am. – Calgary, Guatemala City, Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
- 12:00 pm. – Belmopan, Kingston, Lima, Mexico City, Panama City
- 1:00 pm. – Asunción, Bogota, Bridgetown, Caracas, Castries, Georgetown, Havana, Quito, Port-au-Prince, La Paz, Nassau, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Washington DC
- 2:00 pm – Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo, Paramaribo,
- 7:00 pm. – Geneva, Madrid
For other cities, check the time in the following link
- 2021 World Health Organization guideline on pharmacological treatment of hypertension: Policy implications for the region of the Americas - The Lancet Regional Health – Americas
- Drivers and scorecards to improve hypertension control in primary care practice: Recommendations from the HEARTS in the Americas Innovation Group - The Lancet Regional Health – Americas
- The HEARTS app: a clinical tool for cardiovascular risk and hypertension management in primary health care (paho.org)
- Worldwide trends in hypertension prevalence and progress in treatment and control from 1990 to 2019: a pooled analysis of 1201 population-representative studies with 104 million participants - PubMed (nih.gov)