Researcher at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre, Professor and director in the Department of family and emergency medicine at the Université de Montréal, Janusz Kaczorowski becomes the new holder of the Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control.
Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas announced today an investment of $1.125 million over five years to support this chair of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Hypertension Canada.
Dr. Kaczorowski’s mandate is to help generate and apply knowledge to improve awareness, prevention and control of hypertension, enhancing current Canadian programs, identifying gaps in hypertension prevention and control, and developing new policies, programs and interventions.
In Canada, one adult in five suffers from hypertension – or high blood pressure –which represents the greatest global risk factor for death and disability. A disturbing statistic, since high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and dementia. Hypertension is a contributing factor in half of all deaths caused by these conditions. It is estimated that 7.5 million Canadians live with hypertension and additional 7.4 million will develop hypertension unless they make lifestyle changes.
ʺFor over 30 years, several initiatives have been successful in raising awareness, improving treatments and control for hypertension. But that is not enough. We need to focus on solutions that go beyond the individual and find solutions at the community, policy and health system level to prevent or delay the development of a cascade of debilitating and costly health complications for our health systemʺ, says Janusz Kaczorowski.
In Canada, healthcare costs attributable to hypertension were evaluated at $13.9 billion in 2010.
Janusz Kaczorowski wants to maintain Canada's role as a world leader in the fight against hypertension. He will built upon the work done by the past hypertension chair, Dr. Norman Campbell, from the University of Calgary, and develop comprehensive community-level strategies for the prevention and management of hypertension at the population level and further improve management of blood pressure for people with hypertension.