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Resistant Hypertension Course 2014

The Resistant Hypertension Course is an official course of the EAPCI. The 2nd edition was held in February 2014 in Berlin

The second edition of the Resistant Hypertension Course positively concluded this past 22 February 2014. 
Over 360 active participants were present in Berlin, Germany, coming from Europe, for most, although one third of the delegates traveled from Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America. 



Introduction of new learning tools and educational formats

This year, during RHC 2014, many new learning tools and educational formats were introduced, such as:

  • RHClub intimate sessions (30 participants max.) around
  • Health economics of renal denervation
  • Challenging patients
  • Challenging procedures
  • The provocative Dr Doubt, playing devil advocate
  • RHC phenotype patients (elderly vascular, metabolic, young hyperadrenergic)
  • Live on stage duplex renal artery diagnosis
  • Dynamic renal denervation catheter device demonstrations
  • Live web reporting for the RHC internet community



All of these educational innovations were created with the active participants in mind

RHC concept

Yet, in spite of these novelties, the major philosophy supporting the RHC concept (Courses & Web) continues to be:

  • To help all participants (the whole community including general practitioners) build the most appropriate decision-making process in order to develop answers to this fundamental question that impact their daily practice: what is the best management and technical strategy for each individual patient presenting with difficult-to-control high blood pressure?
  • To ensure a successful integration of promising new techniques targeting the sympathetic nervous system, into the therapeutic armamentarium, including tips and hints for interventionalists.



To summarise for those not able to join us in Berlin

  • DAY 1 opened the floor for a better understanding of the key mechanisms involved in hypertension and permitted the overview of patient assessment, including patient medication adherence. 
  • DAY 2 focused on customizing and optimizing combination therapy, for a personalized medicine philosophy, treating one patient at a time, as well as identifying and treating causes of secondary hypertension.
  • DAY 3 provided with a better understanding of currently available device-based therapies, the differences and similitudes across various technologies, closing with a perspective on current clinical challenges and future indications of renal denervation.


Save the date!

Based on very encouraging feedback, we look forward to crafting an equally stimulating and thought-provoking programme, for next year, in Berlin, from 26 to 28 February 2015
We are happy to welcome you and your hypertension team next year for more open, sincere and practical discussions, exploring the challenges surrounding difficult to control hypertension and the patients we see in our daily practice.  

Until the second edition, you can keep in touch with the medical community, interested in the treatment of the resistant hypertensive patient, and find out the latest available educational tools and resources on the RHC Website.