World Hypertension Day – May 17
On May 17th, we celebrate World Hypertension Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of monitoring blood pressure and bringing global awareness to the 1 billion people living with high blood pressure worldwide. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is defined as a systolic blood pressure consistently above 140 mm Hg and/or diastolic blood pressure consistently above 90 mm Hg. Hypertension is the #1 risk factor for heart disease, stroke, renal complications, and premature death. Usually, high blood pressure alone does not cause any symptoms. Fortunately, hypertension can be prevented and managed, by checking your blood pressure regularly, and through treatment.
Since 2016, CDC and global partners have worked together to create innovative strategies to prevent and control hypertension, and improve people’s overall heart health in countries across the world. Get tested, know your numbers, and live longer.
Learn how CDC’s partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is supporting primary care clinics to use simple and innovative technology to improve the lives of people at risk for developing complications from living with high blood pressure.
More than three-quarters (32 million) of deaths from global noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) occur in low- and middle-income countries, yet there is a shortage of published research led by authors from these areas due to limited resources.
The Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Calculator is a simple & innovative app to improve the lives of people at risk for high blood pressure. Use this app to find out your risk of heart disease and how to lower it.
CDC’s Emerging Authors Programme showcases local researchers from low- and middle-come countries who are closing the gap in research on local cardiovascular disease prevention, hypertension control, and sodium and trans-fat reduction. Read the latest papers in the Journal of Human Hypertension special collection, highlighting the work on global hypertension.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the Americas and high blood pressure accounts for over 50% of CVD. Unfortunately, in the Americas, over a quarter of adult women and four in ten adult men have hypertension, and the diagnosis, treatment, and control are suboptimal. Remarkably, only a few countries exhibit a population hypertension control rate of over 50%. To address this critical problem, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) initiated the HEARTS in the Americas, a comprehensive CVD risk reduction initiative currently being implemented in 1380 health facilities in 22 countries.