World Hypertension Day 2022: History, Theme, Significance, About Blood Pressure and more

16 May, 2022
World Hypertension Day 2022: History, Theme, Significance, About Blood Pressure and more

World Hypertension Day 2022: It is celebrated by World Hypertension League (WHL) every year on 17 May to spread awareness about hypertension. This day focuses on its prevention, detection, reason and control. Researchers, doctors and scientists have to come to the conclusion that hypertension lead to high blood pressure. 

WHD was first inaugurated in May 2005. It is high blood pressure and stress that causes various health problems like heart disease, thyroid and stroke. In high blood pressure, the blood flow in the arteries is higher and usually, it has no signs or symptoms. 

In today’s scenario when life has become fast-paced, and hypertension is prevalent not just in the adults but even in children are patients of the same. 

World Hypertension Day 2022: Theme

The theme of World Hypertension Day 2022 is "Measure your blood pressure accurately, control it, live longer'

What is Hypertension?

Nowadays, people are not getting time for themselves and are suffering from stress, tension and an unhealthy lifestyle. These factors cause hypertension. Hypertension triggers blood pressure and becomes a cause of stroke..

Hypertension is somehow synonymous with high blood pressure which can cause severe complications and also increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death.

Treatment of Hypertension

Blood pressure can be regulated through diet, and lifestyle before it reaches hypertension. Regular physical exercise, Yoga should be practised. According to the guidelines recommended by the doctors, people suffering from hypertension disease should do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise. People should exercise at least 5 days a week like they can do walk, jogging, cycling or swimming as per their chjoice. The medication and yoga can also helps in reducing high blood pressure, developing strategies to manage unavoidable stress, anxiety etc.

About Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is measured by a sphygmomanometer or blood pressure monitor. It is measured in two ranges systolic and diastolic (mmHg). Let us tell you that systolic reading of 120 mmHg refers to the pressure as the heart pumps blood around the body. The diastolic reading of 80 mmHg refers to the pressure as the heart relaxes and refills with blood.

Symptoms of Hypertension disease

  • Early morning headaches

  • Nosebleeds

  • irregular heart rhythms

  • vision changes

  • buzzing in the ears

  • Panic Attacks

  • Lackof Concentration

  • Anger and irritation


What is May Measurement Month (MMM)

It is a global awareness campaign started by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH). This organisation has the world's leading scientists, clinicians, health care providers, and allied healthcare workers, all with a common interest in research on hypertension.

In 2017, MMM was launched to provide knowledge to people about blood pressure and how to control it. Also, as to how to reduce hypertension to keep ourselves happy and healthy.

Every year in May volunteers around the world measures the blood pressure of people in cities, towns, and villages as part of MMM. In just 3 years they have measured the blood pressure of 4.2 million+ people. In over 100 countries, almost 1 million people have been identified with untreated or inadequately treated hypertension. During MMM17, the inaugural year, blood pressure measured was over 1.2 million.

World Hypertension Day 2021: Quotes

1. "Only in the darkness can you see the stars." - Martin Luther King Jr.

2. “When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope." - Pittacus Lore 

3. "There should be no more shame in acknowledging (mental illness) than in acknowledging a battle with high blood pressure or the sudden appearance of a malignant tumor." -  Jeffrey R. Holland

4. "People with high blood pressure, diabetes - those are conditions brought about by life style. If you change the life style, those conditions will leave." - Dick Gregory

5. "One way to get high blood pressure is to go mountain climbing over molehills." - Earl Wilson

6. “People take ownership of sickness and disease by saying things like MY high blood pressure MY diabetes, MY heart disease, MY depression, MY! MY! MY! Don't own it because it doesn't belong to you!” - Stella Payton

7. “To wish bad things for someone else, is like looking for high blood pressure. Because strong people fall, but stand up again.” -  Fasela Oosterwolde

8. "A newspaper is a circulating library with high blood pressure." - Arthur Baer

9. "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”Buddha

10. “Failing to exhale properly is a common symptom of high blood pressure.” - Catherine Carrigan

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