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May 17th will mark the tenth anniversary of World Hypertension day, an initiative developed by the World Hypertension League (WHL) in 2005 in order to raise awareness about high blood pressure around the world.
The theme for this year is ‘Know Your Blood Pressure’. As high blood pressure is the biggest risk factor for a stroke but it has no physical symptoms and can affect people of all ages and lifestyles (it’s often referred to as ‘the silent killer’), the idea is to make people more aware of what blood pressure is, and what their measurement is, and to highlight the preventable stroke, heart and kidney diseases caused by having high blood pressure and to communicate information to the public about prevention, detection and treatment.
The best prescription is prevention. We’ve all heard it before but by keeping physically active and regularly doing lightly active things such as gardening or walking can be effective against high blood pressure or an abnormal heartbeat. Eating healthily is also great in preventing the chances of a stroke, and by upping your intake of fruit and veg and cutting down on the food which are high in fat, sugar and salt you can take control of your blood pressure. Little or no alcohol is a great way to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure because the alcoholic content of a drink, over a long period of time and use, has a huge effect on your blood.
By increasing the awareness of people to understanding the link between high blood pressure and stroke, they can also be informed on other risk factors to do with high blood pressure, and what they can try and do to reduce it, and with the slogan “Healthy Blood Pressure, Healthy Heartbeat”, it should encourage loads of people to check their blood pressure.