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WHD: Blood pressure checks save lives

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The International Society of Hypertension has said that high blood pressure (HBP) which is also known as hypertension was the most significant contributing risk factor for preventable deaths worldwide. According to the organisation, knowing your blood pressure reading was key to prevention or early treatment for heart and cardiovascular problems.

 

Based on this, the or ganisation is calling on governments all over the world and relevant stakeholders to make blood pressure screening part of routine health checks available to everyone, to reduce the burden of disease on individuals and communities.

 

The International Society of Hypertension, made the call ahead of the 2018 World Hypertension Day, marked on May 17, to raise awareness on the need for regular hypertension screening. The organisation is currently running a campaign, to provide free blood pressure testing in more than 100 countries.

 

The campaign, which reached around 1.2 million people in 2017, is a genuine life safer for people who don’t have access to adequate medical care. The organisation said:“We often say that knowing your numbers – a few basic measurements that can serve as indicators of heart health – is the key to prevention or early treatment for heart and vascular problems.

“That is particularly true for those who would not be able to access treatment for more serious heart disorders. “Blood pressure screening should be part of routine health checks available to everyone, to reduce the burden of disease on individuals and communities.”

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