World Hypertension Day is celebrated every year on May 17th to raise awareness about the importance of controlling high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition in which the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries is too high. This can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1 billion people worldwide have high blood pressure. However, many people with high blood pressure do not know they have it because the condition often has no symptoms. That’s why it’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly, even if you feel healthy.
There are a number of things you can do to control your blood pressure, including:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Quitting smoking
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Taking medication, if necessary
If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. By controlling your blood pressure, you can reduce your risk of developing serious health problems and live a longer, healthier life.
Here are some additional information about World Hypertension Day 2023:
- The theme for World Hypertension Day 2023 is “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer.”
- The goal of World Hypertension Day is to raise awareness about the importance of controlling high blood pressure and to encourage people to get their blood pressure checked regularly.
- World Hypertension Day is organized by the World Hypertension League (WHL), a global organization that works to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertension.
Here are some tips for measuring your blood pressure accurately:
- Have your blood pressure checked by a healthcare professional at least once a year.
- If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to check your blood pressure at home regularly.
- Use a properly calibrated blood pressure monitor.
- Follow the instructions that come with your blood pressure monitor carefully.
- Sit quietly for 5 minutes before taking your blood pressure.
- Rest your arm on a flat surface at heart level.
- Wrap the blood pressure cuff around your upper arm, making sure it’s snug but not too tight.
- Take two readings and average the results.
Here is a table of the blood pressure categories from the American Heart Association:
|Category||Systolic (mm Hg)||Diastolic (mm Hg)|
|Normal||Below 120||Below 80|
|High blood pressure, stage 1||130-139||80-89|
|High blood pressure, stage 2||140 or higher||90 or higher|
Here is a table of the risk factors for high blood pressure:
|Age||High blood pressure is more common in older adults.|
|Family history||If you have a family history of high blood pressure, you’re more likely to develop it yourself.|
|Race||High blood pressure is more common in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.|
|Ethnicity||High blood pressure is more common in people of certain ethnic groups, such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.|
|Obesity||Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for high blood pressure.|
|Physical inactivity||Physical inactivity increases your risk of high blood pressure.|
|Smoking||Smoking increases your risk of high blood pressure.|
|Too much salt in the diet||Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure.|
|Too much alcohol||Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure.|
|Certain medications||Some medications, such as steroids, can raise your blood pressure.|
If you have any of the risk factors for high blood pressure, it’s important to get your blood pressure checked regularly. By controlling your blood pressure, you can reduce your risk of developing serious health problems and live a longer, healthier life.