Study of the European Society of Hypertension on Blood Pressure Control in ESH Excellence Centres

dedicated to Professor Alberto Zanchetti

Scientific Steering Committee: B. Jelakovic, K. Tsioufis, E. Agabiti Rosei, G. Mancia, R. Kreutz, J. Polonia, A. Januszewicz

Safety Committee: E. Lurbe, A. Coca, D. Lovic

The most important task of the European Society of Hypertension is to improve blood pressure treatment and increase blood pressure control, thus decreasing cardiovascular risk, premature cardiovascular and renal morbidity and mortality, with in addition a reduction of health-care costs. More than a decade ago, the European Society of Hypertension established a network of Excellence Centres. Those centres are leading institutions for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension and thus are front runners of good clinical practice in hypertension management in their countries. An important task of the Excellence Centres is also to be active in research, particularly in projects conducted by the European Society of Hypertension.  The ongoing BP-CON-ESH project on the rate of blood pressure control in hypertensive patients addresses the most elementary,but at the same timethe most important aspect in  hypertension management, because the observed low rates of blood pressure control is the reason why hypertension is still today the leading cause of death worldwide.

In the BP-CON-ESH study we are going to include and analyze treated hypertensive patients seen consecutively by the ESH Excellence Centres. Blood pressure will be measured as usually done in the office, but care will be adopted to make measurements highly standardized in all Centres.