On May 17th every year, the word celebrates the World Hypertension Day. This is day is dedicated to educating people on hypertension and spreading awareness about the need to have blood pressure measured.
In 2022, the WHD was celebrated with as special theme, “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer, focusing on combatting low awareness rates worldwide, especially in low to middle income areas, and accurate blood pressure measurement methods.
According to WHO, hypertension affects an estimated 1.28 billion people globally, two thirds of them in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 46% of people with hypertension globally are unaware that they have the condition, and less than half of all adults with hypertension are diagnosed and treated. Just 1 in 5 adults with hypertension have it under control, meaning 80% are at significant risk of complications, including heart attack, stroke, irregular heart-beat and kidney damage.
To learn more about hypertension, watch my interview with KUTV below.