Treating Hypertension in Haiti
in the aftermath of the earthquake
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About the Author of this Website 

Eric Roehm, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Dr. Roehm is board certified in cardiology. He went to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He subsequently spent three years in an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico. This was followed by a fellowship in cardiac rehabilitation through Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Womenís Hospital, Mass. Gen. Hospital, and Mass. Rehab. Hospital. He then completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Following the completion of his training, Dr. Roehm was in private practice as a cardiologist for over 20 years. While as a cardiologist in private practice, responsibilities included serving as the head of the Cardiopulmonary Department at Round Rock Hospital for 15 years. He cared for patients hospitalized both in Round Rock and Austin, Texas. 

His medical practice included seeing a large number of patients in consultation in the office who were referred for difficult to control blood pressure.
His practice also consisted of the care of patientís presenting to the hospital with a heart attack or cardiac arrest, and the performance of balloon angioplasty and the placement of stents in patients with coronary artery disease.

Dr. Roehm retired from the private practice of cardiology in 2007. He is currently involved in multiple nonprofit projects in the medical field. This includes a focus on the proper application of statistics in the medical literature, developing patient education materials, and working as a volunteer at a clinic for the medically indigent in Austin, Texas.

During the first part of March 2010, Dr. Roehm traveled with Dr. Tony Russo (see Dr. Russoís Haitian blog) , and Dr. Rosalinde Toussaint to volunteer at the Dorsainvil Foundation clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti which provides medical care for the displaced Haitian population. The Seton Network of Hospitals in Austin graciously allowed Dr. Roehm to purchase medications to be taken and given to the people of Haiti at hospital cost.

During his time in Haiti as a volunteer, Dr. Roehmís medical efforts included seeing and treating patients with severe hypertension. On his return to the United States, Dr. Roehm desired to further help with the care of the Haitian population by providing a written guide for health care workers and agencies in providing appropriate and cost effective treatment of hypertension in Haitian patients.

This web site is an effort to assist volunteer efforts in providing cost effective sustainable treatment for hypertension in Haiti.

Dr. Roehm has also recently (2011) made a nonprofit web site,, that provides information on diet and cardiovascular health pertinent to individuals living in industrialized countries.
There is a low sodium diet video:,  a Mediterranean diet video:, a fish omega-3 fat video:, and a DASH diet video:
There is also additional information including extensive background scientific information on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet:
, and information on Alcohol & Health in adults:, as well as the special issues of alcohol and women:

Financial Disclosure: 

The author has nothing to disclose, including any financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies. There is no outside funding source for this web site. 

The opinions voiced on this web site are those of the author.

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