About this event

  • Date and time Mon 13 Jul 2020 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Cardiology

The webinar is for cardiology trainees and other physicians to understand the latest guidelines on diagnosis and management of hypertension, including correct treatment for hypertensive emergencies. Specifically, we will discuss the nuances involved in managing resistant hypertension and hypertensive emergencies.

Hypertension remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality around the world; it is the main driver that keeps cardiovascular disease the number one cause of mortality. This webinar will cover the key components of the cardiology syllabus for cardiology trainees and those interested in the management of hypertension. 

What will you learn? 

  • Diagnosis and investigation of hypertension
  • Management of blood pressure, including drugs and device management
  • Identification of secondary causes; interpreting results
  • Management of end organ damage
  • Resistant hypertension
  • Genetic and racial differences
  • Identifying athlete heart vs LVH and HCM

A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with CPD credit(s) will be issued to those joining the webinar live. Certificates of attendance for CPD will be automatically issued after 7 days, but only where a delegate watches the webinar live in its entirety. 

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Key speakers

Professor Neil Poulter

Professor Neil Poulter

Professor of Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Neil Poulter qualified at St Mary’s Hospital, London, in 1974, following which he trained in General Medicine. He then spent 5 years in Kenya co-ordinating a collaborative hypertension research programme at the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratories in Nairobi.

He gained an MSc in Epidemiology with distinction at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1985.  Following this he was Co-PI of the WHO Oral Contraceptive case-control Study at University College London Medical School.

In 1997 he was appointed Professor of Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine at Imperial College London, where he is currently co-Director of the International Centre for Circulatory Health and Director of the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit. He is an Honorary Consultant Physician and Epidemiologist at the Peart-Rose (CVD Prevention) Clinic based at Hammersmith Hospital, London.

He was President of the British Hypertension Society from 2003-2005 and is the immediate Past-President of the International Society of Hypertension. In 2008, he was elected as one of the Inaugural Senior Investigators of the NIHR and also elected as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009.  

He has contributed chapters to several textbooks and published over 550 papers in medical journals, including co-authoring several sets of national and international guidelines. Professor Poulter was identified as being among the top 1% most cited academics in clinical medicine in 2014 (Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher report) and among the top 0.1% most cited researcher between 2008-2018 (Web of Science Group Highly Cited Researcher 2019 report).

He has played a senior management role in several international trials including the ASCOT, ADVANCE, EXSCEL, DEVOTE LEADER and CREOLE trials; other research activities include the optimal investigation and management of essential hypertension and dyslipidaemia; the association between birth weight and various cardiovascular risk factors; the cardiovascular effects of exogenous oestrogen and progesterone; the prevention and aetiology of type 2 diabetes and abdominal aortic aneurism; and ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease.  He is the Chief Investigator of the May Measurement Month, an annual global blood pressure screening campaign initiated by the International Society of Hypertension.

Dr Vikas Kapil

Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician in Clinical Pharmacology and Cardiovascular Medicine 

Speaker's biography

Dr Vikas Kapil read Medicine and Anatomy at Queen’s College Cambridge, achieving first class undergraduate honours and then transferred for his undergraduate clinical training to University College London Medical School. 

Dr Kapil completed postgraduate training at St Thomas’ and St Bartholomew’s hospitals and was awarded his PhD at the William Harvey Research Institute, investigating the effects of inorganic nitrate on the human cardiovascular system. 

Since 2015, he has been a senior lecturer at WHRI and consultant in the Barts BP Centre of Excellence at Barts Heart Centre, with specific clinical and research interests in nitric oxide, autonomic function and blood pressure disorders. 

Dr Vikas Kapil

Dr Andrew Sharp

Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital of Wales 

Speaker's biography

Dr Andrew Sharp qualified from Edinburgh Medical School in 1998. He was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in 2011 and Honorary Associate Professor by the University of Exeter in 2018 before moving to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in the summer of 2019.  

He conducted his early training at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, before moving to London for his senior clinical training, completing the Milan-Imperial Interventional Cardiology fellowship under the tutelage of Professor Antonio Colombo.   

Dr Sharp was awarded an MD postgraduate research degree from the University of Edinburgh for his work on the hypertensive heart and his current research interests include device-based treatments for hypertension, catheter-directed treatments for pulmonary embolism, intracoronary imaging and coronary physiology. He is the Co-Chief Investigator of the SPYRAL DYSTAL trial of renal denervation and a steering committee member of the RADIANCE RDN clinical programme.  


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr Sukhjinder Nijjer

Diagnosis and management of hypertension

Professor Neil Poulter

Management of resistant hypertension and hypertensive emergencies

Dr Vikas Kapil

Future device treatment of hypertension

Dr Andrew Sharp

Questions and answers
Closing remarks

Dr Sukhjinder Nijjer



*Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM. 

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.  

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.