Varna will host the traditional annual summer school in hypertension from September 20th to 26th, 2014. The event is organized by the European Hypertension Society which is one of the most successful initiatives of the EHS aiming at training young physicians or specialists who have decided to devote to the study and problems of the arterial hypertension. Sixteen of the most prominent specialists in arterial hypertension in Europe and eight specialists from Bulgaria among whom are Prof. Valentin Ikonomov from the Department of Nephrology and Hemodialysis at MU-Varna will contribute with their experience and knowledge to the event. About 60 representatives from all European countries, Argentina, Lebanon, Syria as well as 5 physicians from Bulgaria will participate in the summer school. The Medical University of Varna will be represented by two young physicians who are specializing cardiology in the University Hospital "St. Marina" – Varna. The director of the school (which will take place in Bulgaria for the first time) is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yoto Yotov from the Department of Internal Diseases at MU-Varna.
Due to the social importance of the arterial hypertension during the recent years more health specialists are needed who are thoroughly informed about the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Arterial hypertension is the most common illness in the world – between 30-45% of the adult population suffers from the disease and the percentage increases dramatically with the advance of age. People with hypertension were around 970 million on the planet up to 2012 and the prognosis is for an increase of up to 1.56 billion in 2025. The elevation of the arterial pressure is the most important risk factor for the development of cardiovascular diseases. It is estimated that around 35 % of all atherosclerotic events result from arterial hypertension. Worldwide, 57% of the strokes and 47% of the coronary heart diseases are due to high arterial pressure. Arterial hypertension causes 20 million strokes and around 8 million deaths annually.