Professor Toshihiko Ishimitsu
President of the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Dokkyo Medical University
The 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hypertension will be held at Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo from October 25 Friday to 27 Sunday, 2019. It is my great honor to host this highly active and refined meeting and I am most grateful to the members of Japanese Society of Hypertension for granting this opportunity. It has been 17 years since this annual meeting has last held in Tokyo in 2002 by Professor Toshiro Fujita of Tokyo University. The preceding 41st meeting was held in northernmost Hokkaido and the following 43rd meeting is to be held in southernmost Okinawa. I expect this big changing of circumstances will refresh the mood of participants and facilitate fruitful discussions with novel ideas in metropolis Tokyo, the center of Japan.
The theme of this scientific meeting on hypertension is “Blood Pressure Control for the Future” which emphasizes the importance of hypertension management in order to build healthy society in the coming decades. Nowadays, lengthening of life time is prevalent worldwide. Especially, the aging of population is a major problem to cope with in developed countries. In such situations, it becomes essential to improve the health state of elderly people and enhance their physical and mental activity in order to maintain and increase social productivity. The major diseases which impairs the health and the life of aged people are malignancies, infections and cardiovascular diseases including stroke and renal failure. Among these, malignancies and infections are generally to be cured or fatal and rarely suffer patients for a long time. On the other hand, if a patient gets bed-ridden from stroke or starts dialysis therapy for renal failure, not only her/his working power is lost but also the continuing labor and costs are needed for the rest of her/his life. Therefore, the prevention of these cardiovascular disorders is a pivotal issue in supporting the coming aged society. As hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, it is obvious that the adequate blood pressure control from early stage of life is of primary importance for the development of future society.
In this scientific meeting, we would like to expect the participants from various areas such as clinicians, basic researchers, epidemiologists and medical and healthcare workers. Through the vigorous discussion and opinion exchanges among the participants, we believe key messages will be brought about as to the optimal management of hypertension for opening the door to bright future where the detrimental effects of hypertension on individuals and the society are minimized.