Podcast | Southern Medicine | February 28, 2020

Hypertension: Still a Significant Health Concern

February is HEART month (appropriate since February contains Valentine’s day) and because heart disease or cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and now globally, it is appropriate that we continue to educate clinicians and citizens of the pathophysiology, clinical consequences, and management of heart disease. Since hypertension is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease including its major target organs such as the heart, brain, kidney, and blood vessels, this podcast will be dedicated to hypertension. Areas of discussion that will take place are: why is hypertension an important clinical condition, what causes hypertension, and what are some current innovative measures and/or programs to detect and manage hypertension for the individual as well as at a population level.

Dr. Donald DiPette MD, FACP, FAHA is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. Previously, he was Interim Senior Executive Dean and Chairman of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine.