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41 PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYPERTENSION AND HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA - 2008

PREFACE  ΕΡΩΤΗΣΕΙΣ
  • In developed countries, cardiovascular incidents (mainly myocardial infarctions and strokes), are responsible for almost half of the deaths in adults. Especially in ages above 40 years, myocardial infarction and stroke are the most frequent causes of severe disability. Many of these incidents can actually be prevented.
  • Hypertension is one of the most important and most frequent factors that increase the risk of both a stroke and a myocardial infarction. Although considerable progress has been made during the last few years in the management of hypertension, it remains a serious problem because most hypertensive persons have poor control of their blood pressure. In Greece, less than 25% of hypertensive people have satisfactory control. Equally alarming is the management of high cholesterol levels.
  • Unfortunately, in general popular misconceptions of both hypertension and high cholesterol levels are prevalent. These, are at least in part responsible for the inadequate control of these two risk factors which leads to a reduced protection from cardiovascular incidents.
  • The Hellenic Society for the Study of Hypertension (HSSH) has been working systematically since 1988 to educate Greek doctors in an upto- date knowledge of hypertension and its management. The Society's main task is the organization of annual seminars (one Saturday per month, six months per year) for internists, cardiologists, nephrologists, general practitioners etc. Seventeen annual seminars as well as many other educational meetings have been held so far. The program of all Seminars can be found in the Society's electronic address www.hypertension.gr.
  • In 2005, the HSSH developed practical hypertension guidelines for the Greek doctors. The guidelines were published in the journal "Archives of Hellenic Medicine", volume 22 (2005), issue 1, pages 10-22) and also 20.000 copies were distributed throughout the country. They can be found in electronic format in the Society's electronic address www.hypertension.gr.
  • The "41 Practical Questions and Answers for Hypertension and Cholesterol" concern people who are willing to acquire elementary knowledge of the importance of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, their effective management the subsequent protection from cardiovascular incidents. The information is presented in the form of questions and answers in order to give the reader the opportunity to get clear-cut, up-to-date and responsible answers to 41 common questions about hypertension and/or hypercholesterolemia.

WRITING GROUP
G. Stergiou, Chairman
A. Achimastos
E. Andreadis
I. Avramopoulos
M. Elissaf
N. Karatzas
T. Mountokalakis
D. Papadogiannis
K. Siamopoulos
E. Varsamis
K. Vemmos
D. Vlahakos