National Experts on Hypertension Present at Albany Med Conference
ALBANY, N.Y., April 7, 2014 — National experts this week presented the latest concepts in the diagnosis and management of hypertension at a conference in Troy convened by Albany Medical Center.
More than 250 physicians, nurses, residents, students and other providers from throughout New York State attended the conference to hear presentations by experts who helped develop the national hypertension guidelines.
Among the guest faculty were hypertension experts in the Joint National Committee (JNC), American Society of Hypertension and International Society of Hypertension Guidelines. They presented various aspects of hypertension, including the latest concepts in the diagnosis and management of hypertension.
“As the region’s only academic medical center, we have an obligation to educate providers in the community on how to minimize the risks and reduce the complications of this deadly but preventable and treatable disease,” said Arif Asif, M.D., Thomas Ordway Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College and chief of Nephrology and Hypertension at Albany Medical Center. “We are honored to have welcomed these esteemed guests, and are most grateful also to our faculty and leadership who took the time to participate in this important event.”
Hypertension, which impacts more than one in three Americans, is considered a “silent killer” and is a leading cause of strokes, heart attacks and other serious illnesses.
In 2012 Albany Med Faculty Physicians saw more than 22,000 patients with a diagnosis of hypertension; roughly 40 percent of them, including many people under age 40, had had high blood pressure readings despite treatment.
Under protocols Albany Med adopted last year the percentage of Albany Med patients diagnosed with hypertension who were able to lower their blood pressure through treatment rose to 78 percent in 2013 from 66 percent in 2012.
In addition to the hypertension program, Albany Med also developed the region’s first pediatric hypertension program last year, and has embarked on a “Know Your Numbers” campaign to promote awareness of the dangers of hypertension to all of Albany Med’s more than 7,000 employees.
Learn more at: www.amc.edu/patient/services/hypertension/index.cfm.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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