World Hypertension Day 2023

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BY ESTHER MUTURI

World Hypertension Day celebrated on May 17th is a day dedicated to raising awareness and promoting hypertension, prevention, detecting the disease, and controlling the disease.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), there are 1 billion people living with high blood pressure worldwide.

High blood pressure also known as hypertension, is a systolic blood pressure consistently above 140mm Hg and/or a diastolic blood pressure consistently above 90mm Hg.

High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for heart disease, stroke, renal complications, and premature death.

High blood pressure does not cause any symptoms and can be prevented and managed by checking blood pressure regularly through proper treatment.

The world hypertension league was established in 1987 by the international society of Hypertension. It was constituted to promote public awareness, prevention, and treatment of hypertension around the world.

Following the theme that has been there since 2021, “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer,” aims to promote awareness in all areas of society, low-to-middle-income areas especially and to emphasize the necessity of accurate diagnosis of hypertension.

There are some of the ways to help lowering of blood pressure like exercise. Beginning your workout routine with moderate-intensity exercises such as walking, cycling, or swimming.

People with hypertension should opt for low-impact exercises such as swimming to avoid strain on their joints.

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