An interview with Sebastian Ewen

Talk with experts at RHC


Sebastian Ewen
Cardiology, Angiology and Internal intensive medecine
Saarland University Medical Centre, Homburg/Saar, Germany


Sebastian Ewen explains that one of the benefits of attending RHC is that young practitioners will have the opportunity to discuss resistant hypertension with specialists in the field.

> What key things do you think a young practitioner will learn by attending the Course?

A young practitioner will learn how to systematically manage a patient with difficult-to-control hypertension; learn the difference between true resistant hypertension and other forms
of uncontrolled hypertension; and also learn how to diagnose and rule out secondary causes of hypertension.

> What are the additional benefits of attending RHC vs. reading about the topics discussed at the conference online?

The problem with reading materials online - particularly if you are a young practitioner and, therefore, less experienced - is that it is difficult to know what is the most important and the most relevant information for the clinical practice. However the speakers at the Course will provide insights into the “hot topics” of resistant hypertension from both a scientific and clinical side, giving us a better understanding of what we need to know about the area.

> What are the opportunities for interactive discussion?

RHC is the perfect place to ask specialists any questions young practitioners may have about the management of resistant hypertension. It will be much easier to talk with experts at the Course rather than trying to contact them via email or phone. Also there is the RHClub, which is a dedicated lounge in which
all participants can come together to discuss their own cases.

> Which sessions at the Course do you think might be particularly useful to young practitioners?

All the sessions will be very useful to the young practitioners, but the sessions that review the CE-marked renal denervation devices that are currently available will be particularly interesting. You will have the opportunity to see recorded cases of all currently available CE-marked devices in action. The specialists explain important aspects about the handling of the catheters and discuss the pros and cons of the devices.

> What opportunities will there be for hands-on learning for young practitioners?

There will be training workshops where we will the opportunity to gain a hands-on understanding of Medtronic’s Symplicity system and ReCor Medical’s Paradise system. However, with all of the devices that are available on the market, you will have the opportunity to ask experts for “tips and tricks” about how they work and how to handle them.

> What can young practitioners bring to the Course?

As a young practitioner, I work directly with patients on a daily basis whereas some of the more experienced practitioners have less direct contact with the patients. Therefore, I can communicate the questions and needs of the patients to the experts. So, I can give another perspective on the management of patients with difficult-to-control hypertension. I invite all colleagues to bring their cases to Berlin and get involved in the discussions during the main programme. The RHClub will be a great opportunity to discuss and share knowledge in a pleasant atmosphere.

> What opportunities will there be for additional learning after the end of the Course?

I think that it is good that most sessions will be available online afterwards because if we know that we can review the materials again after the Course, we do not have to worry about taking notes and can include ourself more in the discussions.