World Health Day: Half of over 50s have high blood pressure but most don't know it
On this day, ADA campaigners around the world set about reminding their governments of the health pledges made in previous years.
As the theme for World Health Day this year is hypertension (or high/raised blood pressure), many campaigners will be addressing this issue, asking their governments or health services not to overlook the detrimental effects of this extremely prevalent non-communicable disease.
Despite it being easily preventable and treatable, hypertension causes around half of all deaths from stroke and heart disease.
Yet shockingly, although it affects half of all adults in their fifties worldwide, more than half of these people are not aware they have it.
In short, people are dying unnecessarily from the effects of something they may not even know they have.
Using World Health Day to raise awareness
On World Health Day this year, ADA campaigners will be raising awareness about hypertension in their communities, with many asking their governments to increase awareness through national information campaigns.
Several countries will be incorporating mobile blood pressure testing stations into their campaigns, testing older people in mobile clinics, in parks and on the street.
These actions will not only help raise awareness at a community level, but through national media coverage will exemplify just how easy it is to test for high blood pressure.
ADA campaigners hope to encourage their governments to step up their efforts in the prevention and treatment of hypertension.
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