World Hypertension Day Date in the current year: May 17, 2017

World Hypertension Day World Hypertension Day is observed annually on May 17. It was initiated by the World Hypertension League, an umbrella organization that unites national hypertension leagues and societies around the world. The day aims to raise awareness of hypertension and spread knowledge on this common cardiovascular condition.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. According to statistics, about 20% to 30% of the adult population of the world have high blood pressure. Hypertension usually doesn’t cause symptoms, but it is a major risk factor for hypertensive emergency, stroke, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and some other dangerous conditions.

A lot of people don’t even know they have hypertension, and many of those who know do nothing about it. That’s why it is important to increase the awareness of hypertension and make hypertensive patients understand that keeping track of your blood pressure and living a healthy lifestyle helps prevent the complications of persistent high blood pressure.

The first World Hypertension Day took place on May 14, 2005. Since 2006, it has been observed on May 17 every year. Each campaign has had a specific theme. Through themes, the World Hypertension League intends to raise awareness not only of hypertension itself, but also on ways to keep blood pressure under control.

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