May Measurement Month 2019

Dr. Federico Villagra and colleagues will lead the participation of AU (IBERS) in the May Measurement Month (2019), a world campaign sponsored by the International Society of Hypertension with the principal purposed of raising awareness of high blood pressure. Hypertension is a silent killer. It is the No. 1 contributing risk factor for global death causing many cardiovascular complications. But often people don’t even 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.

Please feel free to drop in to one of his free blood pressure measurement sessions.

Summary of the campaign

Data collected from all over the world, including Wales will be used to highlight the importance of high blood pressure, to study associations and to motivate governments to provide us all with better blood pressure screening facilities and treatment. Our goal is to help tackle the biggest single contributing risk factor to global death – high blood pressure, which is the number one risk factor for stroke. Your data will of course remain anonymous and absolutely confidential.

During the measurements volunteers will be given advice to see their healthcare provider as soon as possible if blood pressure could be putting their health at risk. Additionally volunteers will be recommended to have regular blood pressure checks to prevent health risks and how people can manage their blood pressure with simple lifestyle changes.

The campaign aims will be as follows:

  • To highlight the importance of measuring blood pressure
  • To identify and reduce the BPs of participants from over 100 countries who require intervention.

The campaign objectives:

  • To recruit participants, aged >18 years, who ideally have not had their BPs measured in the previous 12 months.
  • To supply diet and lifestyle treatment advice to all those screened who have BPs in the Hypertensive range.
  • To use the data on untreated hypertension to motivate policy makers and healthcare providers to improve screening services.

Our aim is to measure as many people’s blood pressure 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.

High blood pressure is a silent killer. It is the No. 1 contributing risk factor for global death causing many cardiovascular complications. But often people don’t even 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.

We are looking for adult volunteers aged 18 years plus who ideally have not had their blood pressure recorded in the past 12 months. But don’t worry if you have — you can still take part. There are no risks to you at all. You can only benefit from being one of our valued volunteers, because you will find out what your blood pressure is and whether you need to do anything about it.

If your blood pressure could be putting your health at risk, we will advise you to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. We will also provide you with some information about blood pressure and how you can start managing yours today with some simple lifestyle changes.

NOTE: Additional dates have now been added to offer session at the University Sports Centre too:

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