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Council on Hypertension - Message from the Chair

Joey Granger, Ph.D, FAHA

Joey Granger, Ph.D, FAHA The mission of the Council on Hypertension is "to foster excellence in hypertension research and education" in order to achieve the American Heart Association’s goal “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."

Hypertension is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, end-stage renal disease, and peripheral vascular disease in the U.S. and around the world. Indeed, the Global Burden of Disease study recently reported that hypertension was the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In addition, the results of the recent SPRINT trial suggests that targeting a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg, as compared with less than 140 mm Hg, inpatients at high risk for cardiovascular events but without diabetes resulted in significantly lower rates of fatal and nonfatal major cardiovascular events and death from any cause.Thus, reducing the enormous burden attributable to hypertension is highly dependent on improvements in our understanding of the causes of high blood pressure, and on development of more effective clinical management strategies.

If you are not yet a member of the Council on Hypertension, now would be an excellent time to join. As a member you will be eligible for members-only privileges, including publications, discounts and many more. In addition, you will have access to a multidisciplinary research, education and clinical network through the membership directory.

Probably the most important activity of the Council on Hypertension is the AHA Council on Hypertension | AHA Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease | American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions 2017 meeting in the Fall. This meeting hosts hundreds of oral and poster presentations on basic, clinical and population research related to hypertension. Many Council on Hypertension awards for established researchers, new investigators and young trainees are awarded at the annual meeting including the Excellence in Hypertension Research Award, the most prestigious award in this field. A number of new and exciting initiatives are planned for our Council in the coming years, including more simultaneous oral sessions, mentoring and outreach programs, increased emphasis on clinical and translational research; Hypertension case presentations, and continued development of our AHA Hypertension Journal-sponsored “Recent Advances in Hypertension Sessions”. Together with our Leadership Committee, I look forward to serving the members of the Council on Hypertension and to meeting and working with you over the next few years so that the objectives of our Council and the missions of the AHA will be successfully achieved.

Best Wishes,

Joey Granger, Ph.D, FAHA
Chair, Council on Hypertension