High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia

 

 

HBPRCA Email Newsletter

July 2007

 

This issue is dedicated to Dr John Blair-West

who regrettably passed away last month

 

 

Welcome to the July e-news, which has turned out to be a bumper issue. I am particularly pleased with this month’s feature article, which was suggested (and introduced) by John Chalmers on the partnerships of Australian cardiovascular researchers with our neighbours. If you missed out on contributing your studies this time, Please contact me and we will make room in a future issue. On that note we hope to put together a similar feature focussing on indigenous cardiovascular health studies involving council members and others. This is an advance invitation for contributions.

 

I hope everyone has prepared their abstracts for the Adelaide annual scientific meeting. In conjunctions with ASCEPT it is certainly an event not to be missed.

 

We are delighted to announce that the abstracts from the Brisbane ASM that have now appeared in the June edition of Hypertension (Vol 49, Issue 6, pages 1462-14810).

 

Also, please read below about our journal donations project. We would like to call for your expression of interest.

 

 

With best wishes,

 

 

Associate Professor Geoffrey A Head

 

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE from Stephen Harrap

The abstract submission deadline for the Annual Scientific Meeting in Adelaide has now been announced and we hope that you are not only compiling your own latest results, but also encouraging those in your departments and institutes to do the same thing. The program is looking marvellous and we can add to the list of high profile attendees the President of the ISH Prof Lars Lindholm who is intending to be with us in South Australia in December.

 

I should also comment on the absolutely marvellous job that Louise Burrell has been doing as our Corporate Liaison on the Executive. She has been extraordinarily effective in attracting new corporate sponsors as you might have noticed in the list of sponsors and members in meeting details on the web. This not only helps secure the finances of the Council, but it makes it possible to support our initiatives directed towards our younger members and we hope to be able to provide some extra support for the forthcoming meeting in Adelaide. So we’d encourage students in particular to submit abstracts for our 2007 meeting so that we can have a good number to chose from for travel support.

 

 

MEETING NEWS from Jaye Chin Dusting

Eeek - it's July already!  If, like me, you have been flat out, spinning like a tornado (can one be flat and spinning at the same time?) dealing with all the little challenges life throws up, it is time to stop and prioritise.  Call for abstracts for the 29th HBPRCA Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Adelaide are open and it is time to focus on how to put your best foot forward.  As always, the meeting promises to be a great showcase for the best of cardiovascular research internationally and in the country with fierce competition for great prizes.  Lined up as invited speakers we have Guido Grassi as our RD Wright Lecturer (for short Bio see below), Ian Fraser as our Austin Doyle Lecturer and Tien Wong, our Colin Johnston Lecturer.  As well we are optimistic that the current ISH president, Lars Lindholm will be joining us. 

 

Remember: this years meeting is a joint meeting with ASCEPT and we have 2 shared sessions on the Wednesday - so book those flights in time for a Wednesday 3 pm start.

 

Prof. Guido Grassi is Full Professor of Internal Medicine at the Clinica Medica of the University of Milano-Bicocca, S. Gerardo Hospital - Monza/Milano (Italy). He is Director of the Post-graduate School of Internal Medicine at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Member of the International Society of Hypertension, European Society of Hypertension, High Blood Pressure Council and Working Group on Hypertension and the Heart of the European Society of Cardiology. He has been Chairman of the Working Group "Hypertension and the Heart" of the European Society of Cardiology (2004-2006) and he is Secretary of the Italian Society of Hypertension (2004-2007). His research areas include the pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology and treatment of hypertension, obesity and metabolic syndrome, cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure.

 

He has published more than 200 original papers and reviews in major scientific international journals. He is Executive Editor of the Journal of Hypertension and member of the Editorial Board of Hypertension, Clinical Science, American Journal of Hypertension and Blood Pressure. He has been member of the Scientific Committee of the WHO/ISH Meetings held in 1991 and 1993 and of the IX-XII-XIV-XVI European Meeting on Hypertension and of the Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension in Prague (2002).

 

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS from Doug McKitrick

Membership in the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia continues to grow, particularly in the case of student membership. If you have students that have not yet joined encourage them to do so – membership is free, prizes for presented work are numerous and overall HBPRCA membership is a tremendous opportunity for your students to experience what it means to be part of a leading national society with world-renowned national and international members. In recent times the HBPRCA has stepped out on the national and international stage promoting hypertension research through, for example, partnerships with overseas hypertension societies, involvement in World Hypertension Day and participation in the distribution of automated blood pressure measurement machines that now sit in GP offices across the country bearing the HBPRCA logo. Several new educational initiatives are under development and the input and participation of all HBPRCA members is encouraged. So now is a great time to be part of a vibrant, changing and growing scientific society.

 

If you are sitting in your GP’s office and notice the HBPRCA logo while your blood pressure is checked, use it as a reminder to renew your own membership if you haven’t already done so. Renewal may still be done by mail, fax or internet. If you have internet access go to the Meetings First website and follow the link for access to the secure payment site, or to download a form for return by fax or post. If you don’t have internet access, can’t remember if you have paid, or just need a bit of help, contact the Secretariat by email, phone, fax or post (details below). And if you have colleagues with interest in the diagnosis, treatment or research into the causes of high blood pressure, encourage them to take advantage of HBPRCA membership.

 

 

JOURNAL DONATIONS PROJECT – Call for Expressions of Interest

I am currently working with the Council ‘s Executive Committee to see whether Council members, as a group of researchers and clinicians, can set up a project to donate our discarded journals to needy recipients.  We have in mind medical schools and health professional training colleges in our near geographical region to start with.

 

The first step in determining whether this project will be feasible is to gauge member’s interest in being involved. Members wishing to participate will need to be prepared to release journals for donation within six months of the publication date and to be involved on a long-term basis.

 

If you are interested in becoming a donor, please email the HBPRCA Secretariat (hbprca@meetingsfirst.com.au), by Friday 3 August 2007 along with a list of journals you are willing to part with.

 

I look forward to your positive responses and hope that we’ll all able to work together on this worthwhile project. We’ll keep you posted through the bulletin as we develop it.

 

Graham MacDonald

On behalf of the HBPRCA Executive Committee

 

 

FOUNDATION FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE RESEARCH

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2008)

The Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research was established following the 15th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension in Melbourne in 1994 to support research into hypertension and associated cardiovascular diseases.

 

The Foundation is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for a research project in hypertension or related fields in basic, clinical or public health areas at an Australian institution. Applications from biomedical, clinical and public health researchers are invited.

 

Applications are open to Australian citizens or permanent residents.

 

It is expected that the successful applicant will have had not less than five and not more than ten years' postdoctoral experience. The fellowship provides a salary and modest project maintenance costs.

 

Applications close on 3 September 2007

(Late applications will not be considered)

 

 

ISH Visiting Postdoctoral Award (2008)

The Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research was established following the 15th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension in Melbourne in 1994 to support research into hypertension and associated cardiovascular diseases.

 

The ISH Visiting Postdoctoral Award has been designed to encourage experienced researchers from countries other than Australia to work in Australia for up to two years on a specific research project in hypertension or a related field in basic, clinical or public health areas.

 

The ISH Visiting Postdoctoral Award will be awarded to an Australian research institution, as a contribution towards the salary of a postdoctoral researcher who is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

 

Applications close on 3 September 2007

(Late applications will not be considered)

 

 

Application Procedures

For information on how to apply please contact:

FHBPR Secretariat

Department of Physiology

University of Melbourne

Parkville 3010

Victoria, Australia

Email:  jkelly@unimelb.edu.au

 

 

6TH CONGRESS OF THE Asian-Pacific Society of Hypertension

16 - 19 November 2007

Beijing, China

 

The Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension invites all doctors involved in the treatment of people with Hypertension and related cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and other disorders to attend the 6th meeting of the APSH to be held in Beijing in November 2007.

 

In the forthcoming congress, a large portion of the programme will be devoted to oral and poster presentations selected from the abstracts submitted by the participants. The programme will also include state-of-art lectures, debates and presentations of original research with views of topics of basic and clinical interest from research centres of hypertension from the region. Experts, investigators and clinicians from the Asian Pacific region and other areas of the world will discuss issues on hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases. Satellite Symposia organized by Drug Industry, which will be held in the days before, after and during the main meeting allow more specific information on new treatments of hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases to be presented and discussed. In separate sessions, research results of young investigators will also be presented and awarded. In addition, presidents or Representatives of Region Hypertension Societies will also meet to exchange new ideas on how to improve our management on hypertension and related diseases in the region.

 

The weather of Beijing in Mid-November is nice, the temperature is moderate, neither cold nor hot. It is indeed the right time to have such a scientific meeting in Beijing.

 

For more information, please visit the website, www.apsh2007.com. The email contact is info@apsh2007.com.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Beijing in November 2007.

 

Trefor Morgan

Secretary General

Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension

 

 

NATIONAL BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING DAY

Up to 14,000 people were screened for high blood pressure on Saturday 30th June, 2007 in the first national population survey of its kind ever undertaken in Australia.  The National Blood Pressure Screening Day was designed by Preventative Cardiology at the Baker Heart Research Institute and supported by Schering-Plough Pty Limited.  The aim of the day was to gain a “snapshot” of the levels of blood pressure in the adult Australian population to potentially highlight the need for better management and control at the individual, GP and population level.  It will also provide the latest data on how many people are affected by high blood pressure in Australia.

 

Free screening tests were conducted by over 300 registered nurses at 100 selected shopping centres in high population areas across every state and territory in Australia.  The Baker Institute identified 100 locations (for shopping centres to be identified within) using geographical information system profiling (see Figure 1).  Both rural and metropolitan sites were included in order for the data to be representative of the general Australian population.  Participants underwent a 10-minute screening process that involved:

 

Y      Completing a brief questionnaire about blood pressure management and control, perceptions about risk and general background information.

Y      Having height, weight, waist and hip measurements taken.

Y      Undergoing two non-invasive automatic blood pressure tests.

Y      Receiving advice and “heart health tips” from trained nurses and educational pamphlets explaining how to minimise high blood pressure as a risk factor for heart disease.

 

Most importantly, individuals were provided with a report card to record their blood pressure measurement together with advice to consult their GP (for high risk individuals) or to continue having regular 6-monthly blood pressure check-ups (for people with normal blood pressure levels).  Knowing that a blood pressure problem exists is the first step towards treatment, whether that be via diet and exercise or controlled with anti-hypertensive medication.  Further, by enhancing public knowledge about cardiovascular disease, through effectively communicating information about risk factors such as high blood pressure, we will hopefully assist in reducing an escalation of cardiovascular disease in Australia.

 

 

 

Fig 1.  Screening locations identified by geographical information system modelling technology.

Fig 2.  Blood pressure testing at screening booths set up at 100 shopping centres across the nation.

 

Preliminary results from the National Blood Pressure Screening Day suggest that as many as 40% of Australians have high blood pressure.  These figures are alarming and point to a looming epidemic of heart disease and stroke.  More detailed results will provide invaluable data on the heart attack and stroke risk of the average Australian.  At the local level, the screening site and postcode of participants will be used to derive regional-specific data for comparison to national averages and highlight potential issues of concern in relation to optimal screening for and management of high blood pressure.

 

For more information about the National Blood Pressure Screening Day, contact Preventative Cardiology at:

 

Freecall:            1800 998 722

Email:               preventativecardiology@baker.edu.au

 

 

ASMR Professional Development Program

I am pleased to announce the 2007 ASMR Professional Development Program to be held in three major cities:


Melbourne Monday         27 August

Brisbane Wednesday     29 August

Sydney Thursday           30 August


The ASMR Professional Development Program is designed to fill what is currently a gap in executive training for mid-career Australian medical researchers. Ongoing professional training is not available to the majority of medical researchers who while they may have excelled scientifically, still need to develop the management skills that will enable them to successfully run their own laboratories, attract funding and progress in the National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship scheme. This program is aimed at assisting Australia's up and coming medical researchers to achieve their full potential.


Topics covered will include:

  • The Road to a Successful Career in Medical Research
  • Attracting Grants & Fellowships
  • How to Translate your Discovery into a Clinical Outcome
  • How to Run a Successful Research Group


Medical researchers between 5-12 years postdoctoral are invited to participate. For full program and registration details go to: http://www.asmr.org.au


Hurry places are limited!!


The Professional Development Program reflects excellent value and discounts apply for ASMR members. I encourage eligible researchers to attend this valuable program and to forward this email to other researchers that will benefit from this important event.


A/Prof Maria Kavallaris

ASMR President

 

 

JULY FEATURE ARTICLE – Australian Collaborative International Research

In the era of globalisation, much research involves worldwide collaboration. This is certainly so with blood pressure research. In the fields of epidemiology and clinical trials, Australian researchers have been active in many collaborative projects with overseas colleagues. There has quite naturally been a strong focus on the Asia-Pacific region, our own part of the world, but also very far-flung collaboration across all continents. We bring together here a sample of projects reaching out to the massive populations in the developing world, showing some work in progress in India, China and South Africa.

 

Professor John Chalmers

 

Cardiovascular mortality and morbidity in rural Andhra Pradesh, India

R Joshi, C Chow, B Neal from The George Institute for International Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

 

India is undergoing rapid epidemiological transition as a consequence of economic and social change, and cardiovascular disease is becoming an increasingly important cause of death. While some information is available for urban areas, data about cardiovascular disease in rural areas, where 70% of the Indian population resides, is scant.

 

The George Institute for International Health, together with the Byrraju Foundation, Hyderabad, CARE Foundation, Hyderabad and Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi established a research collaboration (The Andhra Pradesh Rural Health Initiative).  The overall goal of this initiative was to develop and evaluate locally applicable new strategies for the improvement of health in poor rural communities. In order that the interventions selected address the leading burdens of disease and their cause the collaboration has collected data about morbidity and mortality through a large-scale survey and a mortality surveillance system.

 

 

The survey used simple standardized instruments to measure the prevalence of non-fatal cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors amongst a random sample of 4535 adults aged 30 years and over (response rate 81%) in 20 villages broadly representative of the East and West Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh.

 

The mortality surveillance system was established in 45 villages and all deaths occurring in the villages (population 180,162) were recorded during a 12-month period in 2003-4. Primary healthcare workers trained in the use of a standard verbal autopsy tool collected data about the deaths. Algorithms were used to define causes of death according to a limited list derived from the international classification of disease version 10.  Causes were assigned by two independent physicians with disagreements resolved by a third.

 

The survey found high levels of diabetes (13.2%), hypertension (27.0%), overweight/obesity (men 18.4%, women 26.3%) and smoking (men 45.2% and women 4.8%). A third of the adult population had total cholesterol above 5.2 mmol/l and 15.2% had a positive family history of cardiovascular disease.  A diagnosis of coronary heart disease (myocardial infarction and angina) was reported by 4.8% and stroke by 2.0%.

1354 deaths were identified (crude death rate 7.5/1000) with verbal autopsies completed for 98% of all deaths. Cardiovascular diseases were the leading causes of mortality, responsible for 33% of all deaths. The rates of ischemic heart  disease and cerebrovascular disease were similar and these two constituted the majority of the vascular deaths recorded (ischaemic heart disease 14%, cerebrovascular disease 13%, and other vascular causes 6%).  Cardiovascular diseases were responsible for a greater proportion of deaths among men than women and about one quarter of all cardiovascular deaths occurred below the age of 60 years.

 

Conclusions

Cardiovascular disease is a surprisingly large health problem in this developing rural region.  In addition to the many deaths caused by vascular disease there are also a significant number of very high-risk individuals with prevalent cardiovascular disease and many with substantially abnormal levels of other major risk factors.  It appears that in large part the burden of cardiovascular disease in this community is attributable to broadly the same chief causes as in other parts of the world.  Addressing the problem will however present a significant challenge to a health system whose resources are currently focused on communicable diseases and reproductive health.  Novel low-cost strategies that are suited to this very resource poor setting need to be developed and evaluated if the epidemic of vascular disease affecting India is to be attenuated.  The collaboration is currently midway through a first cluster-randomised trial evaluating a strategy seeking to identify and treat some of the highest risk individuals.

 

Table 1: Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in rural Andhra Pradesh

Cardiovascular risk factors

Male (n)

%

Female (n)

%

History of MI or angina

119

4.7%

114

5.0%

History of stroke

66

2.5%

39

1.4%

Diabetes

361

14.6%

294

12.2%

Hypertension

667

26.6%

686

27.5%

Current smoking

1034

45.2%

120

4.8%

Overweight/obesity BMI≥25

405

18.4%

609

26.3%

Total cholesterol > 5.2 mmol/L

141

26.5%

204

33.9%

Family history of premature CVD

340

16.1%

326

14.2%

 

 

 

 

 

Top five causes of death

Male (n)

%

Female (n)

%

Diseases of the circulatory system

258

34.2

173

30.1

     Ischaemic heart disease

121

16.0

62

10.8

     Cerebrovascular disease

87

11.5

83

14.5

     Others

50

6.6

28

4.9

Injury

110

14.6

67

11.7

Infectious and parasitic diseases

88

11.7

69

12.0

Neoplasm

41

5.4

56

9.8

Diseases of the respiratory system

44

5.8

27

4.7

 

 

The Rishi Valley Vascular Disease Survey

Mandy Thrift from the Baker Heart Research Institute

 

Although the most common causes of disease burden in countries such as India include malnutrition and infectious disease, vascular disease is being increasingly recognized as an emerging epidemic. In urban Indian populations, changes in lifestyle exposures (resembling those seen in developed nations) may underlie this phenomenon. However, even less is known about the burden of vascular disease in those living in rural communities. The aim of this study is to obtain important baseline data on the extent of vascular disease (heart disease, stroke) and its risk factors in a typical rural Indian community.

 

This survey is being conducted in the Rishi Valley, an area situated in the interior of rural Andhra Pradesh, a major South Indian State. It is a sheltered, drought-prone valley about 140 km northeast of the city of Bangalore, and is home to the villages of a stable rural community of approximately 35,000 residents. The population consists primarily of shepherds and marginal subsistence farmers, with landholdings of less than one acre. The average monthly income for a family of five (husband, wife, two children, and one dependent elder) ranges from between Rs. 700 to Rs. 1,000 per month (which is equivalent to 65 to 93 cents per day). This is well below the global standard for poverty.

 

Residents of the villages are being interviewed to obtain information about their lifestyle (diet, activity, smoking, alcohol). Blood pressure, height, weight, waist and hip are being measured using standard criteria. In addition, finger-prick tests for blood glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride and haemoglobin are also being performed.

 

This survey will provide important and comprehensive data regarding the prevalence of vascular disease risk factors in a rural Indian community. It will be the first major step in planning effective public health interventions to treat or prevent vascular disease in a disadvantaged Indian community.

 

This is a collaborative project between Mandy Thrift, Sharyn Fitzgerald (Baker Heart Research Institute), Velandai Srikanth, Roger Evans (Monash University), Kartik Kalyanram and Kamakshi Kartik (Rishi Valley Rural Health Centre).

 

 

The Heart of Soweto Study

By Geraldine Lee and Melinda Carrington (Baker Heart Research Institute)

 

The Heart of Soweto study is a landmark study initiated to establish the baseline profile of heart disease and its antecedents in the population of Soweto, South Africa.  The project is co-ordinated by expert personnel in cardiology (Professor Karen Sliwa, Witswatersrand University), preventative cardiology (Professor Simon Stewart, Baker Heart Research Institute) and Professor David Wilkinson, from the School of Medicine, University of Queensland).

 

Soweto in South Africa compromises of a series of townships and is located southwest of Johannesburg. It contains the largest urban concentration of Black Africans with an estimated population of 1 to 1.5 million, which includes a steady influx of migrants. The townships are undergoing economic transition leading to increased affluence. This in turn has resulted in the development of chronic forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and this has necessitated the need for systematic surveillance programs to monitor & implement prevention/management programs for the emerging CVD.

 

The primary goal of the “Heart of Soweto Study” is to systematically examine and respond to the epidemiologic transition in risk behaviours and clinical presentations of heart disease in the internationally renowned and celebrated community of Soweto. Within the Baragwanath Hospital (with a 3,500 bed capacity), the Coronary Care Unit has observed more than a 10-fold increase with patients suffering heart attacks over the past 20 years and approximately 100 patients a day attend the out-patient clinic for heart-related complaints. Approximately 5000 patients per annum are diagnosed with heart disease.

A clinical registry of all patients managed by the Cardiology Unit has been established. The Cardiologists/Trainee Cardiologists carries out medical reviews according to standard protocols and diagnoses and the data are validated and entered on-site via a dedicated research team with support, verification and analyses via University of Queensland & the Baker Heart Research Institute in Australia.

 

The clinical registry has revealed that at least 20% of new cases of heart disease presenting to the Cardiology Unit at the Baragwanath Hospital have developed CHF; this equates to approximately 250 new cases of heart failure presenting to the clinic each year. The aetiology of heart failure includes dilated cardiomyopathy, valvular heart failure right heart failure and ischaemic cardiomyopathy.

 

Several sub studies have also been initiated in areas including HIV, nutrition, screening for CVD risk factors, ECG abnormalities and socio-economic status. In summary, demonstrated the broad & substantive spectrum of heart disease in Soweto, South Africa, the high prevalence of risk factors such as hypertension, smoking and a positive family history and late clinical presentations. The study has demonstrated the need for sustained surveillance & new health care programs.

 

References: Stewart S, et al.. Mapping the emergence of heart disease in a black, urban population in Africa: The Heart of Soweto Study. Int J Cardiol 2006;108: 101-108

 

 

The ChinaQUEST (QUality Evaluation of Stroke care and Treatment) study

Professor Craig Anderson, The George Institute for International Health

 

Background:  China, as the most populous country on earth, has a heavy burden of stroke and other vascular diseases.  According to WHO estimates, nearly 30% of the 5.5 million deaths from stroke that occurred in the world in 2002 were in China, reflecting the very large (1.4 billion) population who are at high risk of vascular disease.  Studies have shown marked geographical variation in rates, prevalence and case fatality of stroke in China, with a well-described North-South gradient favouring southerners and a widening urban-rural gap in the burden of disease.  The extent to which current patterns of stroke in China are driven by differences in the prevalence of risk factors and case fatality is unclear.  The decreasing stroke mortality rate seen in the WHO-MONICA study in China during 1982-1995 was almost all due to improvements in survival rather than a fall in stroke incidence per se.  This may be due to improved medical care for stroke patients, although changes in stroke risk factors over time may have lead to the occurrence of milder forms of stroke with improved outcomes.

 

Currently, the country is experiencing significant management issues in stroke arising from the increasing numbers of patients from the rapidly ageing population who are undergoing social and economic change.  There has traditionally been a heavy reliance of acute hospital care for chronic diseases and very little preventative and community care.  Only recently has a health insurance scheme been introduced to help support the cost of health care in a largely fee-for-service health care setting.  In the absence of reliable epidemiological data, it is difficult to quantify the degree of disparities in care and plan services, both preventative and therapeutic, in an equitable and evidence-based manner.

 

Methods:  The ChinaQUEST (QUality Evaluation of Stroke Care and Treatment) project is a large-scale, China-Australia partnership, epidemiological project that aims to (a) describe current patterns of stroke management in China, and (b) determine the influence of various socio-economic and organisational variables on key clinical and health outcomes.  The project has enrolled over 6,400 patients with acute stroke (ischaemic and haemorrhagic) through a 62 hospital (36 city) registry network in representative urban and semi-urban sites over a 5-month period in late 2006.  Data collection has occurred over four time points (baseline, hospital discharge, and 3 months of follow-up, or death if this occurs earlier) and the assessment of survivors to 12 months of follow-up is currently ongoing.  Outcomes being assessed include case fatality, disability, health-related quality of life, adherence to secondary prevention strategies, and economic and social impact.

 

Preliminary observations:  In China, strokes occur at approximately a decade younger age and are more often haemorrhagic and lacunar (ischaemic) in nature than in Australia.  There is a heavy reliance on unproven traditional Chinese medicines alongside modern therapeutic agents and technology as part of routine care.  Patients stay in hospital for long periods of time and few receive community care follow. 

 

 

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MEETINGS IN 2007

 

 

ESC Congress 2007

1 – 5 September 2007

Vienna – Austria

Click here for meeting website

 

Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Hypertension Society
24 – 26 September 2007
St. John’s College, Cambridge

Click here for meeting website

 

61st High Blood Pressure Research Conference 2007

26 – 29 September 2007

Tucson, AZ, USA

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Cardiometabolic Health Congress

27 – 29 September 2007

Boston, MA, USA

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The 2nd International Conference on Frontiers in Vascular Medicine
26 – 28 October 2007

Rydges Hotel, Melbourne CBD

Click here for meeting website

 

6th Congress of the Asian-Pacific Society of Hypertension

16 – 19 November 2007

Beijing, China

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High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia’s Annual Scientific Meeting

5 – 7 December 2007

Adelaide, South Australia

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MEETINGS IN 2008

 

 

Western Pharmacological Society Meeting

27 – 31 January 2008

Kona Coast, Hawaii

Further information coming soon!

 

The International Conference on Fixed Combination in the Treatment of Hypertension and Dyslipidemia

7 – 10 February 2008

Budapest, Hungary

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2nd International Conference on Hypertension, Lipids, Diabetes and Stroke Prevention

6 – 8 March 2008

Prague, Czech Republic

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ISH 2008 – The 22nd Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension

14 – 19 June 2008
Berlin

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13th International SHR Symposium

20 - 22 June 2008

Prague, Czech Republic
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Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Hypertension Society
24 – 26 September 2008
Queen’s College, Cambridge

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2nd International Symposium on Pheochromocytoma

17 – 20 September 2008
Queens College, Cambridge

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