“The Most important thing is to enjoy life- to be happy- it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn

Hypertension – or elevated blood pressure – is a severe medical condition. 

Living with pulmonary hypertension can often feel like a roller coaster. This condition significantly increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. 

So many people who suffer from hypertension are not aware that they have it, some studies have shown that it is emerging as a “silent killer”, with no warning signs. It is a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality. 

Causes of Hypertension: The world is changing rapidly, and so do people’s lifestyles. The main reasons for the increase in hypertension are unhealthy/ imbalanced diets, physical inactivity, and the consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

World Hypertension Day (WHD)

To obtain a global target to reduce the pervasiveness of hypertension by 25% by 2025, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention started the Global Hearts Initiative in 2016. Every year on 17th May, we celebrate World Hypertension Day. 

The initiative aims to improve heart health worldwide with its five technical packages – HEARTS (manage cardiovascular disease), MPOWER (control tobacco), Active (increase physical activity), SHAKE (reduce salt consumption), and REPLACE (eliminate trans-fat).

The HEARTS technological package is available in such a design; that the primary healthcare can use it for recognising and treating people with hypertension at its initial stage. Kudos to the creators for such a strategy!

World Hypertension Day is organised by the World Hypertension League (WHL), which can be known as the Umbrella Organisation composed of 85 hypertension societies and including doctors and scientists, and leagues from around the globe.The theme for World Hypertension Day 2020 is – Know Your Number. But due to the global COVID-19 pandemic (source Wikipedia), the celebration has been postponed. You can find more information about World Hypertension Day at www.whleague.org.

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