World Hypertension Day 2022

World Hypertension Day is observed every May 17th in order to raise awareness and promote hypertension prevention, detection and control. High blood pressure is the main risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease. The World Hypertension League (WHL), an umbrella organization of national hypertension societies and leagues with 85 countries as its members, first initiated World Hypertension Day (WHD) in 2005. Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer – is the theme of World Hypertension Day 2022. The focus of this year’s theme is to create awareness and communicate in our social networks about accurately measuring blood pressure regularly. Common factors that can lead to high blood pressure include: a diet high in salt, fat, and/or cholesterol, chronic conditions such as kidney and hormone problems, diabetes, and high cholesterol, family history, especially if your parents or other close relatives have high blood pressure. The NWRHA through the efforts of the Health Policy, Research and Planning Department is dedicated to creating awareness and keeping you, the public, informed of your basic health rights. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to take care of yourself, especially since comorbidities such as hypertension, can put you at risk. Visit your nearest health centre to keep updated on your vitals!