Improving High Blood Pressure Treatment: Going Beyond Standard Care in Primary Health

Wednesday 3 July 2024, 4:30 pm
PhD candidate
J.M.L. Keyzer
prof. dr. R. Nijvelt, prof. dr. V.J.M. Pop
dr. S. El Messaoudi

Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of death worldwide, with high blood pressure being one of the leading causes. It is important to detect and treat high blood pressure early to prevent heart and vascular diseases, especially by general practitioners. This research focuses on improving care for people with high blood pressure. The study examines various factors that can predict the risk of heart disease in people with high blood pressure. For example, it shows that individuals with elevated blood pressure and psychological stress are more likely to develop coronary heart problems. It is also found that having an elevated level of a substance in the blood, called BNP, can predict cardiovascular diseases as well as mortality. The research emphasizes the importance of administering psychological questionnaires and measuring BNP in individuals with high blood pressure in general practice.

Josephine de Hartog-Keyzer, born in Eindhoven, is an enthusiastic general practitioner and researcher. She works in her own general practitioner office in Schijndel. Additionally, she has recently completed her doctoral research at Radboud University (Nijmegen), focusing on improving the assessment of cardiovascular risk in individuals with high blood pressure.