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.
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.
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!
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.