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Public forum on hypertension aims to raise greater awareness

14 January 2014

BLEEDING in the brain, blurred vision, accumulated waste in the blood, problems with arousal, heart issues – these are all potential consequences of your heart being forced to pump a bit harder than it should due to increased resistance in your arteries.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a silent enemy; it manifests quietly and wreaks much havoc undetected.

You might only know that you have this condition upon experiencing one of its many harmful consequences, such as a heart attack, stroke or kidney failure.

Many times, it is diagnosed by chance — when you go to the doctor for one condition, but discover that your blood pressure is high upon the routine check most doctors perform.

Bearing that in mind, readers might be interested to know that the Malaysian Society of Hypertension (MSH) is organising a public forum on high blood pressure in conjunction with their 11th annual scientific meeting.

The forum will be held on Jan 19 in the Sarawak Room, Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, from 2pm to 6pm.

Not only will participants receive free screening for blood pressure, blood cholesterol and sugar (glucose) levels, they will also be able to attend three talks on the related conditions.

Consultant cardiologist Datuk Dr Khoo Kah Lin will be speaking on cholesterol, while life coach Luqman Hakim will be talking about a healthy lifestyle, and fitness instructor Adam Nordin will educate the audience on how to be fit and healthy without doing much exercise.

The forum is limited to the first 300 participants, who need to register by Jan 15.

Registration can be done by contacting Fay Cheah at 017-260 0128 or emailing mshs014asm@gmail.com.

Doctors interested in hypertension can still register for the scientific meeting, to be held at the same venue from Jan 17-19.

Among the topics of interest are the latest clinical practice guidelines for hypertension, including the launch of MSH’s new guideline, updates on treatments, managing patients with concurrent medical conditions, as well as talks on “Scaling Up Training and Research in Hypertension: What Has Been Done, What is in Store?” by Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and “Strategies to Reduce the Global Burden of CVD by 25% by 2025” by World Heart Federation president-elect Prof Dr Salim Yusuf.

Those interested can contact Fay Cheah.

This article was first published in The Star Online on 14 January 2014.


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