One of the major chronic health challenges many people are battling knowingly or unknowingly is hypertension. It has always been a major issue for World Health Organization. This is why May 17th each year has been mapped out to enable every one realize the need to keep in touch with their blood pressure.
We celebrate World Hypertension Day as a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of monitoring blood pressure and bringing global awareness to the 1 billion people living with high blood pressure worldwide.
The theme for World Hypertension Day 2023 is ‘Measure your blood pressure, Control it, Live Longer.’
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is defined as a systolic blood pressure consistently above 140 mm Hg and/or diastolic blood pressure consistently above 90 mm Hg.
Once your BP is 140/190mmHg then you have hypertension.
Hypertension is the #1 risk factor for heart disease, stroke, renal complications, and premature death. Usually, high blood pressure alone does not cause any symptoms.
Fortunately, hypertension can be prevented and managed, by checking your blood pressure regularly, and through treatment.
Since 2016, CDC and global partners have worked together to create innovative strategies to prevent and control hypertension, and improve people’s overall heart health in countries across the world.
It is paramount that you check your BP regularly especially when you are 40 years above.