World Hypertension day is celebrated annually on the 17th of May. The main aim of the day is to educate the public and increase awareness of hypertension, which is also commonly known as high blood pressure.

This year’s theme is Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer, focusing on combatting low awareness rates worldwide.

The theme is based on the global statistics that -50% of adults with hypertension are not aware that they have high blood pressure.

Hypertension is most commonly known as High Blood Pressure. It is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure is elevated. It is a major cause of severe health problems like stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and dementia.

During this COVID-19  pandemic, hypertension is known to cause an increase in the severity of COVID-19 infections leading to strokes, blood clots, and death.

Many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. 

The danger of hypertension is that it is often without symptoms. It is a tragedy when the first sign of high blood pressure is a stroke that leaves the victim permanently disabled.

Most of the time, there are no symptoms, but when high blood pressure goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout the body. That is why high blood pressure is often called the “silent killer”.

The National Association of Seadogs, Pyrates Confraternity, in pursuing the SD4 (sustainable development goal 3.4 that by 2030, reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable disease through prevention and treatment) encourages every adult aged over 18 years to get a blood pressure check in the month of May 2021.

Dr Charles Meribole
NAS Medical Pyrate


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