World Hypertension Day

Since 2006, the World Hypertension League (WHL) has been dedicating May 17 of every year as World Hypertension Day to raise awareness.

Hypertension is commonly known as high blood pressure, a condition when the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently high.

In normal blood pressure, oxygen and nutrients will be pushed around the circulatory system to nourish tissues and organs. It delivers white blood cells and antibodies for immunity and hormones.

The ideal and healthy blood pressure reading is under 120/80 mmHg.

However, if you have high blood pressure, it puts an extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. Increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke if not remedied.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), Hypertension is a common healthcare problem. About 7 of every 10 people having their first heart attack or stroke have high blood pressure. This could be due to a lack of awareness of one’s current health condition. This is also the reason why hypertension is called the “silent killer” – since it shows no early symptoms.

Studies show that the rate of awareness, treatment, and control of high blood pressure are low.

In China, only 47% of the population is aware of the ailment and only 14% control and treat their hypertension.

One-third of people who have high blood pressure do not know they have it. It is best to have regular checkups to avoid the risk of hypertensive crisis.

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