Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects more than a billion people worldwide and is the leading cause of cardiovascular illness and early mortality. To increase awareness and encourage the prevention, detection, and control of hypertension World Hypertension Day is observed every year on May 15. The biggest risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease is high blood pressure.
People’s lack of awareness about hypertension leaves room for the illness to worsen. The risk of other chronic illnesses also greatly decreases when hypertension is frequently monitored and maintained under control. High blood pressure can cause a variety of symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and breathing difficulties.
This year’s theme is “Measure your blood pressure accurately, control it, live longer.” This day aids in raising awareness of hypertension among people and encouraging studies on effective treatment options. World Hypertension Day also contributes to raising awareness of the good lifestyle decisions we can make to prevent hypertension.
The history of World Hypertension Day can be traced back to 1987 when World Hypertension League was established under the guidance of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH). It was established to encourage global public awareness, hypertension prevention, and treatment. The concept of a global hypertension day was first presented by ISH in 2002, and it was first celebrated on May 14, 2005, and has been observed every year on May 17.
Tips to lower blood pressure;
1. Regular physical activity helps improve health
2. Limit your alcohol consumption
3. Eat a healthy diet
4. Monitor your blood pressure at home and get regular check-ups
5. Eat less salt
6. Include more potassium in your diet
7. Reduce Your Stress