To mark World Hypertension Day, deferred to October 17, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization cordially invites you to participate in the virtual seminar “HEARTS in the Americas on World Hypertension Day: presenting a new virtual course to improve blood pressure measurement”, to be held on Friday, 16 October 2020, from 10:30 am to 12:00pm (EDT)
The session will be available in English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation.
About the webinar
Hypertension affects more than 30% of the adult population worldwide, it is the main risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, especially coronary heart disease and stroke, but also for chronic kidney disease, heart failure, arrhythmia and dementia.
Accurate and reliable BP measurement is essential for the proper diagnosis and management of hypertension. BP measurement is perhaps the most commonly performed procedure in clinical medicine, and although, it seems simple at first glance; BP is sub-optimally done leading to errors that can inappropriately affect management decisions in 20 – 45% of cases. Knowing how well healthcare workers measure blood pressure is a key element of a successful hypertension control program.
This virtual seminar aims to call attention to the importance of the prevention and control of hypertension to reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases; in addition to this, a new training resource on accurate blood pressure measurement will be presented.
Primary health care teams, medical, nursing and health science students, national programs for the control of chronic and cardiovascular diseases coordinators, professional societies and the general public.
How to participate
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.
- 10:30 am – Welcome and introduction. Dr. Pedro Ordunez Regional advisor, PAHO
- 10:40 am – The relevance of the prevention and control of hypertension and launch of a new resource to improve practices on blood pressure measurement. Professor Norm Campbell, University of Alberta, Canada
- 11:00 am – New virtual course on accurate automated blood pressure measurement. Presentation of the video and comments. Dr. Tej Khalsa, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. United States.
- 11:20 am – Access to the course. Navigation on the website of the Virtual Campus for Public Health of PAHO/WHO. Carlos Leon, PAHO, Panama.
- 11: 30 am – Questions and Answers. Moderator
- 11:55 am – Closing.
- 7:30 am.- Los Angeles
- 8:30 am. – Calgary, Edmonton, Guatemala City, San José, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
- 9:30 am. – Bogotá, Kingston, Lima, Mexico City, Panama City, Quito
- 10:30 am.- Atlanta, Bridgetown, Castries, Georgetown, Santo Domingo, Havana, Port of Spain, Toronto, Washington DC
- 11:30 am. – Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Montevideo, Paramaribo
- 4:30 pm.- Geneva
For other cities, check the time in the following link
— HEARTS in the Americas
— WHO. HEARTS technical package
— HEARTS in the Americas: Blood Pressure Measurement
— Virtual campus for public health PAHO/WHO