Hypertension: A historical and philosophical perspective-Michel Accad. M.D.-06/18/2013 - 8:30am

Event Information
Event Topic: 
Hypertension: A historical and philosophical perspective
Event Date: 
06/18/2013 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 West Olive Ave., Sunnyvale, CA
Speaker Information
Event Speaker: 
Michel Accad. M.D.
Event Speaker Company: 
Physician, UCSF
Event Speaker Bio: 

Michel Accad, M.D.

Dr. Accad obtained a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and a medical doctorate from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Texas Medical Center where he also served as chief medical resident. He obtained his clinical and research training in cardiovascular diseases at the University of California in San Francisco.
Dr. Accad holds board certifications in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology. He is in solo practice in San Francisco and holds a clinical appointment at UCSF. Dr. Accad previously served as chief medical officer at Maya Medical, Inc., and contributed to the development of second generation renal denervation therapies for the treatment of resistant hypertension. Dr. Accad has published numerous original research articles, reviews, and editorials in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Event Details
Event Details: 

Hypertension remains a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity worldwide. Despite the availability of potent drug therapies, it is estimated that millions of patients do not respond adequately to treatment. This problem is partly due to pervasive derangements in blood pressure control mechanisms that remain poorly understood. Another part of the problem may also be due to a deficient understanding of the nature of hypertension. This talk will review the history of our understanding of the significance of an elevated blood pressure, highlight the shortcomings of current definitions of hypertension, discuss epidemiological data that provide some insights into the problem, and identify challenges and opportunities for new research ventures to move the field forward.