World Hypertension Day - 17 May

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World-Hypertension-Day-17-MayWorld Hypertension Day is observed annually on 17 May to raise awareness about hypertension (high blood pressure) and promote preventive measures, early detection, and management of this global health issue.

An overview of the news

  • The day serves as a platform to educate individuals, communities, health professionals and policy makers about healthy blood pressure levels and the risks associated with high blood pressure.

  • The day plays a crucial role in raising awareness about hypertension, its causes, risk factors, and the importance of regular blood pressure monitoring. 

  • It seeks to dispel myths and misconceptions surrounding hypertension and promote accurate information.

  • Theme of 2023 is 'Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer'.

Background of the day

  • World Hypertension Day was first established in 2005 by the World Hypertension League (WHL), 

  • WHL is an umbrella organization composed of hypertension-related societies and leagues from around the world. 

  • The day was created to address the increasing prevalence of hypertension and its associated health risks.

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