Prof Williams opened the symposium by discussing the current state of blood pressure (BP) control in Europe and the key barriers to improving BP control rates. Prof Weiss presented the ‘Low BP in Vienna’ initiative that has been initiated in Austria in order to improve BP control. Prof Mourad discussed the ongoing campaign to improve BP control rates in France, and Prof Volpe presented a case study of an elderly patient with hypertension and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Prof Parati concluded the symposium by commenting on the improvements in technology with respect to BP control.
The meeting objectives were to review the current achievement of BP goals in Europe since 2008; to evaluate the 70% BP goal initiatives in France and Italy; to use practical examples to assess the use of single-pill fixed-dose combinations (FDCs); and to assess the impact of technological advances on BP control.
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