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World Hypertension day is celebrated annually on the 17th May. The main aim of the day is to educate the public and increase awareness of hypertension.
Hypertension is a major cause of a range of health problems such as strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease, and can also contribute to dementia. Many people who suffer from hypertension are not aware that they have it as there can be no symptoms, often people only find out after suffering a heart attack or stroke.
The day is organised by the World Hypertension League (WHL) which is an umbrella organisation composed of 85 hypertension societies and leagues from all over the world.
The theme for this year is Know Your Numbers, and, as an affiliate of WHL, the ESC Council on Hypertension would like to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in May Measurement Month. In this new initiative which started in 2017, volunteer manned screening sites will be setting up in a range of venues around the world to check the blood pressure of as many people as possible.
Find out more.
Those interested in taking part in May Measurement Month can register interest here
Further information and advice about Hypertension can also be found at your local pharmacist or family doctor.
The ESC Council on Hypertension emphasizes the importance that all cardiologists in their hospitals open the door to patients for a free BP measurement and a short educational interaction on that day.
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.
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