May Measurement Month (MMM) is an international campaign, in association with the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the World Hypertension League (WHL), with an aim of encouraging people to have their blood pressure measured. These two organisations also annually promotes World Hypertension Day (WHD) which falls in the middle of the campaign, on May 17th.
Both campaigns raise awareness of undiagnosed high blood pressure (hypertension) and encourage individuals to get their blood pressure checked. The only way you can find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked, as there are few, if any, symptoms. Java Clinical Research welcomes this initiative as hypertension is one of our key therapeutic research areas.
May Measurement Month is a global initiative with an aim to measure blood pressures of 25 million people aged 18 and over from 1 – 31 May 2017.
Knowing your numbers when it comes to blood pressure could save your life, with 10 million people internationally dying needlessly from high blood pressure and its related diseases. Raised blood pressure is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and ischemic as well as haemorrhagic stroke. Blood pressure levels have been shown to be positively and continuously related to the risk for stroke and coronary heart disease. Treating systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure until they are less than 140/90 mmHg is associated with a reduction in cardiovascular complication.
The Irish Heart Foundation estimate that 64% of people over 50 years have high blood pressure, so no excuses get your blood pressure checked by your GP or local pharmacy in May.