World Hypertension Day
The WHD was first inaugurated in May 2005 and has become an annual event ever since. The purpose of the WHD is to promote public awareness of hypertension and to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern epidemic.
The theme for World Hypertension Day is Know Your Numbers with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world.
WHAT IS THIS “HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE” SEF?
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. Blood pressure is written as two numbers, such as 130/80 mm Hg.
The top number (systolic), is the pressure when the heart beats while the bottom number (diastolic), is the pressure when the heart rests between beats.
High blood pressure means the pressure in one’s arteries is higher than it should be. Another name for high blood pressure is #HYPERTENSION.
Hypertension is a pressure of 140 systolic or higher and/or 90 diastolic or higher that stays high over time. If you’re an adult and your systolic pressure is 120 to 139, or your diastolic pressure is 80 to 89 (or both), you have “pre-hypertension”- which means you may be at risk of developing hypertension.