2014 CME Symposia - Breakfast Symposium A

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Breakfast Symposium A

Friday · 6:15 - 7:45am

Optimizing Antihypertensive Therapies in High-Risk and Difficult-to-Treat Patients with Hypertension

Supported by an educational grant from Forest Laboratories, Inc.

Symposium Overview

Despite well-established risks, hypertension remains under-treated and, when treated, often stubbornly difficult to control. This symposium seeks to improve guideline adherence and help clinicians integrate antihypertensive therapies into the management of high-risk patient populations including the elderly (those 65 and older), African Americans, patients suffering from heart failure, the obese, and individuals with diabetes and/or the metabolic syndrome. Case-based clinical scenarios and a panel discussion will clarify how best to integrate effective therapies into the management of patients with hypertension to reduce global cardiometabolic risk and improve clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the clinical relevance of how altered nitric oxide balance may contribute to the progression of hypertension.
  • Compare and contrast recommended antihypertensive therapies in terms of blood pressure control, side effects, and impact on global cardiometabolic risk factors.
  • Evaluate the clinical trial data of various antihypertensive therapies when used in combination to manage high-risk and difficult-to-treat patients with hypertension.
  • Integrate strategies to implement current guideline recommendations for antihypertensive therapies, including recommendations for patients with compelling indications who may need aggressive therapy.

Preliminary Agenda & Faculty

6:15 - 6:20 am Opening Remarks Chairperson: George L. Bakris, MD
6:20 - 6:35 am Hypertension Guidelines Update: Current Controversies and Clinical Implications Presenter: Michael A. Weber, MD
6:35 - 6:55 am Pharmacology of Beta Blockers and the Role of Nitric Oxide in Vasodilation Presenter: Keith C. Ferdinand, MD
6:55 - 7:15 am Combination Antihypertensive Therapy: Today's Options, Tomorrow's Possibilities Presenter: George L. Bakris, MD
7:15 - 7:35 am Complex Cases in Hypertension: Optimizing Antihypertensive Therapy in Difficult-to-Treat Patients Presenter: Thomas Giles, MD
7:35 - 7:45 am Panel Discussion/Q&A Moderator: George L. Bakris, MD
Discussants: Michael A. Weber, MD; Keith C. Ferdinand, MD; Thomas Giles, MD

Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, FACC, FAHA

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute
  • New Orleans, LA

Thomas D. Giles, MD

  • Heart and Vascular Institute
  • Tulane University School of Medicine

Michael A. Weber, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine

George L. Bakris, MD

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Director, ASH Comprehensive Hypertension Center
  • University of Chicago Medicine
  • Chicago, IL

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