May Measurement Month

Dr. Federico Villagra from the Institute of Biology, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University is taking part in the May Measurement Month which is a worldwide public screening initiative to highlight the need for increased awareness around blood pressure.

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

Summary of the campaign

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.

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