#CheckThePressure and save a life

Did you know that 10 million people die each year because of hypertension aka high blood pressure? Yes, it is and only half of people with high blood pressure knows it! Hypertension is known to be a silent killer and the number 1 contributing risk for global death. Don’t be the next statistic. These deaths are preventable if you #CheckYourPressure.

May Measurement Month

This month of May, we celebrate the May Measurement Month. It is a global public screening campaign that raise awareness surrounding the risk and issues of high blood pressure. The campaign is led by  the International society of Hypertension and endorsed by World Hypertension League. May Measurement has expanded this into a global synchronized screening campaign and took place for the first time during May 2017. Over 100 countries took part in the inaugural year and screened over 1.2 million people, making this the world’s largest public blood pressure screening programme. Our data analysis from this massive screening will allow us to collect scientific evidence to influence healthy policy around blood pressure screening.
ISH President Neil Poulter said: ‘Raised blood pressure is the biggest single contributing risk factor for global death and the worldwide burden of disease and May Measurement Month has already begun to lay strong foundations for significantly increasing public understanding.”
From May 1-31, you can have your blood pressure measured for free at your local May Measurement Month center. The screening only takes 10-15 minutes. All screenings are conducted in accordance with all national and international ethic guidelines.

“Once again this year, for the whole month of May, the Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH), together with its collaborating organizations in the Hypertension Alliance will carry out a nationwide BP screening and counseling campaign to diagnose unaware hypertensive individuals and identify those who are at risk to develop life-threatening complications like heart attack or stroke, so they could be referred for appropriate medical care.

According to Dr. Deborah Ona, also a co-country leader for MMM in the Philippines, last year, the Philippines was the global leader among more than 100 participating countries worldwide, contributing 272,000 screened individuals (22 percent) out of the pooled global data of 1.2 million. The analysis of the global paper has been analyzed by ISH experts and will be published in a prestigious international journal this month. Five Filipino hypertension specialists are included as collaborators to this global study. These are: Doctors Rafael Castillo, Carmela Napiza-Granada, Ma. Rosario Sevilla, Alberto Atilano and Deborah Ona.”

Importance of blood pressure measurement

Most people doesn’t know they have high blood pressure. With it being a silent killer, it is very important to #CheckThePressure to avoid sudden death or suffer from intense symptoms like heart attack and stroke. In case you have a high blood pressure, you will be then advise to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible and give you some guides on how to manage yours blood pressure which may include some lifestyle changes.
May Measurement Month

Get involved

In case you wanted to help, you may also apply as a volunteer in this campaign. They are currently looking for adult volunteers aged 18 years and up who ideally have had their blood pressure recorded in the past 12 months. Don’t worry if you haven’t, you may still take part.
Remember, a simple measure can save a life. Spread the word and #CheckThePressure this month for free! For more details, visit www.maymeasure.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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