contributing risk factor for global death is raised blood pressure – causing strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications
lives are lost each year needlessly due to raised blood pressure
of people with high blood pressure, know it
These deaths are PREVENTABLE……….And that’s the real tragedy
Hollywood Actor Will Poulter explains why he supports May Measurement Month
May Measurement Month (MMM) is a global awareness campaign initiated by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH), which represents the world’s leading scientists, clinicians, health care providers and allied health care workers, all with a common interest in hypertension (high blood pressure) research.
Launched in May 2017, MMM put the spotlight on increasing access to blood pressure screening as potentially the most effective way to reduce hypertension’s adverse toll on health.
Each May, volunteers around the world measure the blood pressure of people in cities, towns, and villages as part of MMM. All participants leave us knowing their blood pressure and anyone who registered as hypertensive is given advice about what they need to do next. READ MORE
In just 2 years we have already measured the blood pressure of over 2.7 million people and have identified over 500,000 people with hypertension.
During MMM17, in our inaugural year, we measured the blood pressure of over 1.2 million. Over 150,000 people were found with previously unidentified hypertension and over 100,000 with inadequately treated hypertension, all of whom can now take action to improve their health. The full results were published on the eve of World Hypertension Day 2018 in a paper in The Lancet Global Health.
Last May, we reached over 1.5 million people and the detailed MMM18 analysis of their blood pressure measurements was published in the European Heart Journal. 1 in 3 people were discovered to have hypertension and of those people, only a small proportion (1 in 3) had their condition under control, either because they were unaware, not on treatment, or both – or their treatment was not working well enough.
There is still much to do and, already in its third year, MMM will continue to raise awareness further and help create evidence to improve blood pressure screening around the world.