The officers of the Philippine Society of Hypertension led by outgoing president Dr Alberto Atilano and incoming president Dr Leilani Mercado-Asis pose with the newest hypertension specialists during their induction ceremony at the PSH-PLAS 24th Joint Annual Convention at the EDSA Shangri-La, Manila last 22 February 2019

PSH and PLAS holds 24th Joint Annual Convention

Cardiovascular diseases have consistently been included among the top causes of death among Filipinos each year. One of the causes for this is the fast-paced lifestyle in which everything is needed to be done as quickly and conveniently as possible. This has led to stress and the development of an unhealthy lifestyle. This, in turn, had increased the incidences of diseases such as hypertension. Managing and preventing hypertension is complex and requires the cooperation of everyone to be effective. Education is one of the most effective tools to battle these lifestyle-related diseases.

The Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH) and the Lipid & Atherosclerotic Society (PLAS) held their 24th Joint Annual Convention last 20-22 February 2018 at EDSA Shangri-La, Manila, and brought together local and international specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, diabetology and endocrinology who provided their insights on hypertension, dyslipidemia, and other non-communicable diseases, especially among shift workers and adults transitioning to geriatric age. They also discussed the importance of the role of the primary care physician and proper patient evaluation to effectively manage these diseases.

One of the key points in the event was the discussion of the guidelines set by the European Society of Cardiology/European Society of Hypertension (ESC/ESH) with those set by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, and the Philippines’ stand on these. It was emphasized that the focus should be on their similarities on cardiovascular risk assessment. The focus should be on the management, especially on the high-risk individuals.

The Convention also included the inauguration of the incoming officers and board of trustees of the PSH, led by its president, Dr Leilani Mercado-Asis, as well as the induction of the new and recertified hypertension specialists.