As many as 250,000 Poles will measure their blood pressure as part of a global screening campaign

As many as 250,000 Poles will measure their blood pressure as part of a global screening campaign

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May Measurement Month, the largest international campaign for blood pressure measurement will begin in May. This is a global screening campaign initiated by the International Hypertension Association and the World Hypertension League. As part of the campaign, the organisers have set out to test more than 25 million people worldwide, including between 50,000 – 250,000 Poles. The campaign will take place from 1 to 31 May in over 100 countries on all continents. One of the campaign partners in Poland is Medicover.

Elevated blood pressure is the strongest single risk factor for overall mortality, and for developing a number of diseases. It causes damage to the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks, strokes, renal failure, peripheral circulation disorders and even dementia. Experts call it a "silent killer" because it develops unnoticed and does not produce any symptoms for many years.

Causes of elevated blood pressure can often be attributed to environmental and lifestyle factors such as overweight and obesity, excessive consumption of alcohol and salt, and not enough physical activity

The main causes of hypertension include a poor diet rich in saturated fats, obesity, excessive salt and alcohol consumption, smoking, physical inactivity, and stress. Hypertension is also more common among people suffering from diabetes and kidney disease, as well as people with elevated total cholesterol (above 190 mg/dl) and high levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol (over 115 mg/dl).

Doctor Agnieszka Motyl, a family doctor at Medicover.

Global data show that less than half of the people who meet hypertension criteria are aware they have the illness at all. In addition, among those treated for hypertension, fewer than one-third achieve the currently recommended treatment goals. O
n a global scale, elevated blood pressure is the strongest single risk factor for mortality and developing a number of diseases.

n a global scale, elevated blood pressure is the strongest single risk factor for mortality and developing a number of diseases.

Untreated hypertension is one of the causes of coronary heart disease, including heart attack, stroke and kidney disease, which can lead to disability and death. Currently, elevated blood pressure results in approximately 9.4 million deaths worldwide each year, that is roughly as many people as the entire population of Sweden. It is expected that due to the dynamic growth of the elderly population, this number will increase.

Professor Jacek Jóźwiak, Chief Researcher and National Coordinator of the MMM17 screening in Poland.

The biggest screening campaign will also take place in Poland!

In response to the alarming worldwide statistics on hypertension, the International Hypertension Association and the World Hypertension League have launched the May Measurement Month (MMM17) global campaign for blood pressure screening. One of the campaign partners in Poland is Medicover.

The main goal of the MMM17 campaign is to raise public awareness in the area of hypertension ​​diagnostics and treatment on a local, national and global scale.

Participants in the study will include volunteers who agree to have their blood pressure and heart rate measured, and to anonymously answer a few questions regarding their health and provide basic demographic information.

The screening will involve measuring the blood pressure and heart rate in adults of both sexes who are over 18 years of age, and whose blood pressure has not been measured within the last year. Participants will also undergo a short medical interview regarding their history of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors. All collected data will be kept anonymous, and will be sent electronically through a specially designed application (APP MMM17) to a central global database.

Screened patients whose blood pressure readings will indicate hypertension will receive written medical advice with recommendations for further action, such as diet and lifestyle changes. The measurements will be available to patients at Medicover Medical Centres and, to all interested, at Medicover pharmacies.

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