World Hypertension Day 2016

WHD 2016 theme is "___________", 2015 theme is "Know Your Numbers " and 2014 theme is "Know your Blood Pressure"

Origin of the Day

  Every year May 17th is observed as the World Hypertension Day (WHD) as an initiative of the World Hypertension League (WHL), which is an affiliated body of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH).

How to Celebrate the World Hypertension Day

Launched in May 2005, the WHD is now an annual event since then. The key purpose of this day is to prop up public awareness regarding hypertension and to persuade people from across the world to prevent and control this modern epidemic which acts like a silent killer. The theme of World Hypertension Day 2014 was ‘Know your Blood Pressure.’

Importance of the Day

 The decision to observe the WHD was based on global data, which suggested that barely 50% of high blood pressure patients were aware of their ailment and only a negligible number of populations had an awareness rate of over 75%.

Moreover, the awareness rate in some underprivileged nations was less than 10%. There are two crucial components to raise awareness of hypertension diagnosis- (A) create high-powered community screening programs for those at risk with hypertension and (B) have all medical practitioners routinely assess hypertension at all healthcare facilities. The WHL aspires to coordinate with member societies and associates to execute these policies across the world.

Activities

The inaugural WHD campaign in 2014 promoted members and associates of WHL to screen and submit blood pressure (BP) readings of more than 100,000 patients.  Remarkably, the goal was not only attained but went beyond the target with more than 300,000 BP patients being screen in over 30 countries. Buoyed by this unexpected success and learning, the WHL has increased its target for the current year to screen more than one million patients on WHD 2015 in association with the enhanced awareness of non-communicable disease (NCD) and to undertake plans to increase the target in 2016.

The World Hypertension League has urged hypertension organizations and other healthcare bodies to submit reports on BP screenings recorded between April 17 and May 17 2015. Finally an official report will be issued by the WHL on May 17, 2015, which will highlight key indicators and contributors.

Hypertension Quotes

"I lost 90 pounds and my blood pressure went down to a normal level and the salt in my urine disappeared. And that was when I had to make the transition from fat character actor to thin character actor."
- Ron Perlman

"I have an irregular heartbeat, so that means a fair amount of medication - and I have blood pressure pills, too, but no vitamins or supplements."
- Maeve Binchy

"I have friends in Utah who care about me as a person, not for what I am. They'll call to see how my heart is, how my blood pressure is. That's important to me."
- Rick Majerus


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