President's Message

Contributed by M. Mohsen Ibrahim, MD
Saturday, 02 January 2016

President's Message

EHS: The Year 2016

Serving Patients, Community & Physicians

This year 2016 will advance the EHS activities into new areas. Through the support of the Egyptian drug industry, the society will start two research projects: the first is about arterial stiffness and its correlation with blood pressure and effect of statin therapy. The project is sponsored by Utopia Pharmaceuticals and the principal investigator is Prof. Yasser Baghdady from Cairo University. The second project is a physician survey evaluating the proportion of hypertensive patients reaching treatment goals and patients compliance with different antihypertensive drugs. This project is financed by Astra Zeneca Egypt and is planned to recruit 3000 patients by 300 physicians in a number of Egyptian governorates.

Scientific research is a new frontier for the EHS, which will add to its ongoing activities namely:

1. Dissemination and implementation of the EHS Guidelines. In this regard, the full text of the guidelines is now available as a small booklet to be obtained from EHS office or through Utopia Company, which sponsored the expenses of preparation and printing of guidelines booklet. Furthermore, plans for increasing awareness with guidelines through EHS website, and nationwide educational courses and lectures by guidelines authors started last year will continue this year.

2. Establishment of specialized hypertension clinics: this initiative which will provide a free service to hypertensive patients regarding diagnosis, evaluation, choice of therapy, follow-up and monitoring. Currently, there are active clinics in Alexandria, Cairo (Kasr Al-Aini & Ain Shams), Zagazig, Suez Canal, Beni Suef, Menia, Assuit and Helwan. This project is funded by Astra Zeneca Egypt and is directed by Prof. Wafaa El-Aroussy from Cairo University. Data collected from the clinics will be the basis for new epidemiologic information regarding rates of awareness, treatment, control and adherence to therapy among Egyptian patients, the reason for failure of blood pressure control, prevalence of hypertensive complications and associated cardiovascular risk factors. The clinics are under supervision of the Society where some members of the board will pay random audit visits. Furthermore, during the last hypertension club meeting on October 2015, the directors of the most successful clinics namely Menia, Alexandria and Ain Shams received recognition awards from the president of the Society.

3. Physician Education Programs: the main message of this Society is physician education. The Society will continue its effort in this regard including guidelines implementation courses and a separate course about cardiology for the practitioner: updates in cardiovascular medicine. The contents of guidelines implementation course covers blood pressure measurement, diagnosis and evaluation, lifestyle modification and pharmacologic therapy, hypertensive emergencies, hypertension associated with other diseases and in special groups. The program was conducted last year in Cairo, Alexandria, Mansoura, Ismailia and Fayoum.

The second physician education program is sponsored by Sanofi Egypt and covers hypertension, heart failure, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias and syncope besides clinical cases studies. The venue during the year 2015 were Cairo, Alexandria, Mansoura, Assuit, Menia and Port Said. The education program will continue during the year 2016 while updating its scientific material and introducing new educational format. The audience will separate into small groups moderated by one of the speakers to discuss clinical cases.

A third educational program is in preparation targeting clinical issues in hypertension including modern trends, controversies, unsolved questions and case studies.

4. The Egyptian Hypertension Club: the first of its kind in Egypt and is directed by Prof. Omar Awwad from Ain Shams University. The club holds quarterly meetings and is attracting members from different specialties from all over Egypt. The club began its activities in February 2012 and 14 meetings were organized over the past 3 years. The agenda of the last meeting on 16th October 2015 included updates of society ongoing activities, a State-of-Art lecture about pathogenesis of diabetic dyslipidemia, a review of blood pressure variability and a talk about ongoing research in the area of hypertension genetics, an unusual interesting case study. The meeting included a cultural lecture delivered by a guest speaker Prof. Nasser Kotby from Ain Shams University who talked about the era of Khedive Ismail.

5. EHS website: a prominent activity of EHS edited by Prof. Abdel Moniem Ibrahim from Cairo University. The site is updated every 3 months. It includes the president's message, about EHS, from the editor, EHS website group, ask the expert, advanced research, What is New?, EHS Calendar and EHS books besides student and patients corners.

6. Medical Students Blood Pressure Program: directed by Prof. Soliman Gharieb from Cairo University. A group of Cairo University medical students and new graduates are actively involved in community service and research activities. A number of scientific papers written by the group and published in peer-reviewed journals is an outstanding activity of this junior group.

Future Plan

In addition to the above-mentioned ongoing and proposed activities for the year 2016, the society is considering a public awareness program under the name "Avoiding Heart attacks and Strokes: Don't be a Victim- Protect Yourself". The outline, content, plan of action and funding will be discussed during the EHS next meeting. The main focus of the proposed public awareness campaign will be a lifestyle blueprint for longevity and ingredients for healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, campaign will encourage checking blood pressure, blood lipids and sugar.

Through these activities, EHS will fulfill its message serving patients, community and physicians.

President of the EHS

M. Mohsen Ibrahim, MD

Prof. of Cardiology- Cairo University

Last Updated Saturday, 02 January 2016