Local professor elected President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society

Professor Franco Cappuccio UHCWA research clinician from the University of Warwick, and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, has been elected President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society.

Professor Francesco Cappuccio is the Cephalon Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Epidemiology in the Division of Health Sciences at University Warwick, and Consultant Physician at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. He is also the Director of the European Hypertension Centre of Excellence and Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nutrition.

The British and Irish Hypertension Society is a highly-respected professional body which brings together doctors, scientists and allied health professionals in an effort to understand the causes of high blood pressure (hypertension) and improve its prevention, treatment and control. Together with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) it developed national guidelines for hypertension, published in 2011. These guidelines were not only implemented in the UK but also taken as guidance in many countries around the world.

High blood pressure (hypertension) affects nearly 20 million people in the UK and is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease (stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, vascular dementia).

Whilst hypertension can run in families, suggesting the causes can be genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors can also influence a person’s blood pressure. These modifiable socio-economic factors are believed to be playing an important role in the continuous rise in the condition’s prevalence, which is further impacted by the ageing of the population.

Professor Cappuccio said: “It is a great honour and privilege to be elected President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society. This organisation plays a key role in research and education into the causes of high blood pressure and the way health professionals and society as a whole can work together towards the eradication of a largely preventable condition.

“The advances in science and technology that we have at our disposal ought to be matched by a greater awareness and willingness to tackle the lifestyle and environmental factors that underpin the increasing burden of hypertension. These issues are not only in developed societies, but more substantially in low- and middle-income countries. The British and Irish Hypertension Society is making great leaps forward, at home and abroad, and it is an exciting time to take on this role.”
 


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