FAQs about MMM and blood pressure

What is May Measurement Month?

May Measurement Month (MMM) is a worldwide screening initiative aimed at highlighting the need for increased blood pressure awareness.

This is important because many people don’t know they have high blood pressure. There are no symptoms and some people only find out they have high blood pressure after they suffer a heart attack or stroke, or are diagnosed with something else, such as heart or kidney disease.

Our aim is to measure as many people as possible and find out just how big the problem is. We will then be able to demonstrate to governments across the world why they need to raise public awareness and provide us all with better blood pressure screening facilities and treatment.

 

Who is organising it?

The International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the World Hypertension League (WDL) are working together with volunteer health professionals to screen as many adults as possible in more than 100 countries from 1-31 May 2017.

The project is funded by the ISH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been approved by your national ethics body, and is conducted in accordance with all national and international ethics guidelines.

 

Who can get involved?

We’re looking for adult volunteers aged 18-plus who ideally have not had their blood pressure recorded in the past year.

But don’t worry if you have — you can still take part.

 

Will you need my name?

No. All the data we collect is anonymous. We will not record your name or anything else that could identify you as an individual on any database or anywhere else.

 

Where do I take part?

You can find your nearest blood pressure screening site by finding your country leader on this list and getting in touch with them.

 

What happens at the screening?

First we’ll ask you to give us your your consent to take part. We’ll answer all your questions first and make sure you understand what’s involved. Then we’ll enter some details onto a mobile phone app we’ve created for this project, or we’ll record these manually and upload them later.

This will include your country, your town or city, when you last had your blood pressure measured, your gender, whether you’re currently taking any blood pressure medication, whether you have diabetes, smoke, or use alcohol. We’ll also ask whether you’ve ever had a heart attack or stroke.

We’ll then wrap a blood pressure cuff around your upper arm and ask you to stay seated and still for five minutes. Then we’ll take three readings of your systolic and diastolic blood pressure and heart rate. These will be uploaded into the app.

The whole process only takes around 10 to 15 minutes.

 

Are there any risks?

No, none at all. You can only gain by being one of our valued volunteers because you’ll find out what your blood pressure is and whether you need to do anything about it.

If your readings are sufficiently high to put your health at risk, we will advise you to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. We’ll also provide you with some information about blood pressure and how you can start lowering yours today with some simple lifestyle changes.

 

How can I find out the results?

Your own results are limited to the blood pressure readings we take at your screening. To find out the results of the whole survey, please keep checking this website.

We will announce our findings when analysis is complete.

You can download these FAQs as a PDF here…