May 17 stands since 2005 for the World Hypertension Day (World Hypertension Day ). The following lines shed light on what this day of action against the widespread disease high blood pressure is all about and why this medical event deserves a permanent place in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world.
Who started World Hypertension Day?
As with so many other contributions from the calendar of medical action days, the origins of World Hypertension Day are relatively well documented. The initiative for this day of action for hypertensive patients goes back to the World Hypertension League (WHL – German World Hypertension League) and the year 2005. The WHL sees itself as the international umbrella organization of several national societies and organizations that have committed themselves to the fight against high blood pressure. In Germany it is represented by the German High-Pressure League eV (DHL) and the German Society for Hypertension and Prevention, among others.
Why does the international day of action against high blood pressure fall on May 17th?
On the other hand, in the course of the research for the present article, I could not find out why the initiators chose May 17th of all places. Unfortunately, it remains unclear whether there is a connection to an association-relevant or medical-historical date. To make matters worse, the WHL had put the first edition of this day of action against high blood pressure on May 14th. World Hypertension Day has only been celebrated annually on May 17th since 2006.
Whether then but also committed today in this decision World Baking Day (World Day of baking), the US walnut day (National Walnut Day) or the day of Sammelwütigen (Pat Rack Day) a role have played, I think it is relatively unlikely.
Goals and Intention: What is World Hypertension Day about?
World Hypertension Day was created with the aim of creating widespread awareness of the dangers of hypertension and of educating the public about prevention, early detection and treatment of high blood pressure.
And with good reason, because according to the World Health Organization, over 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure and this disease causes up to 10 million (preventable) deaths each year.
In order to shed light on the very different aspects of this medical problem, the World Hypertension League puts its day of action every year under a thematically changing motto. These are intended as an orientation for the member associations and can be designed individually at national level. The following leitmotiv topics have been used so far:
- 2005: Awareness of hypertension.
- 2006: Prevent hypertension – ‘treat to goal’.
- 2007: Healthy diet – healthy blood bressure.
- 2008: Measure your blood pressure … at home.
- 2009: Salt and High Blood Pressure: Two Silent Killers.
- 2010: Healthy Weight – Healthy Blood Pressure.
- 2011: Know Your Numbers and Target Your Blood Pressure.
- 2012: Healthy Lifestyle-Healthy Blood Pressure.
- 2013: Healthy Heart Beat-Healthy Blood Pressure.
- 2014 – 2017: Know Your Numbers.
- 2018 and 2019: Know Your Numbers with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world
- 2020 and 2021: Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer. World Hypertension Day is also reacting to the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been postponed by the initiators to October 17, 2020.
In this sense: Pay attention to your blood pressure. No matter where you are in the world.
World Hypertension Day Quotes and messages
1. “Eventually, life is a game of numbers, make sure that you know yours. Get it checked and stay healthy on this World Hypertension Day.”
2. “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet. Be an optimist on this World Hypertension Day, cherish yourself, and enjoy this occasion.”
3. “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. Spread love and spread care.”
4. “A diet rich in plant protein, fibre, and nuts lowers cholesterol and improves blood pressure. Improve your diet and stay healthy”
5. “Think about what you eat and drink and exercise. Consider how you get medicines and how you take them. Consider what you can do to keep yourself and your family protected, solid and well. All the best for this Hypertension Day.”
6. “There is a profound need to address wellbeing, disease, mending from a specialized point of view as well as from a genuine human viewpoint. Spread awareness and celebrate World Hypertension Day.”
7. “The type of food you eat will affect your general health so don’t be quick, shabby, simple, or phoney. Wish you a very happy and healthy World Hypertension Day.”
8. “Be determined to share your positive approach and don’t let hypertension stand in the way of enjoying your life. Wish you a happy and healthy World Hypertension Day.”
9. “Balance your blood pressure with Healthy Food and Regular Exercise.”
10. “Make lifestyle changes, don’t let walking from your car into a restaurant be the most exercise you get. Develop a healthy lifestyle and spread awareness about it this World Hypertension Day.”
11. “On this World Hypertension Day in the interest of the Ministry of Health and our accomplices all through the world, we should make a vow to decrease utilization of salt and spread mindfulness about Hypertension.”
12. “Around 4 out of 10 grown-ups have high blood pressure, just half of those know about their condition. You could also be one of them to get a checkup on the event of this World Hypertension Day.”
13. “Today on this World Hypertension Day, give yourself an exceptional blessing. Stop for a minute and approach what you can accomplish for yourself to make wellbeing and health a reality for you. Happy Hypertension day.”
14. “It is a Doctor’s Day! Prescribe yourself to a day full of happiness. Spread love, care and enjoy this day. Stay healthy and be safe on this World Hypertension Day.”
15. “Being cool is tied in with keeping your pulse relentless. So no, don’t be cool. Be enthusiastic, be devoted, be tireless, be firm, be pissed, be glad, and stay healthy on this World Hypertension Day.”
16. “Hypertension exists in the regarded rundown of days dispensed to applaud or pass on something. Wish you a happy and healthy World Hypertension Day.”
17. “On this occasion of World Hypertension make sure that you take the test and take control of your life. Wish you a very happy and healthy World Hypertension Day.”
18. “Maintaining great control of glucose and hypertension limits bleakness and mortality. Remain sound and be sheltered on this World Hypertension Day.”
19. “Keep a Healthy Heart with the goal that we won’t be separated. Support and love others on this day. wish you a very happy and healthy World Hypertension Day.”
20. “Healthy is not just a goal, it is a way of living. Do your part and spread awareness on this World Hypertension Day.”
21. “Hypertension is a stage when you overlook the lofty unblemished magnificence of life. Remain solid and be healthy and safe on this World Hypertension Day.”
22. “We live in a general public where individuals simply don’t have a clue. We are attempting to make the best choice, yet we don’t have the correct data. So help to spread awareness on the occasion of this World Hypertension Day.”
23. “The man who gains a million yet destroys his well-being in the process is not considered to be triumphant. Stay healthy and win the battle on this Hypertension Day.”
24. “Hypertension is a quiet executioner. It is probably going to turn into a worldwide pandemic. It is treatable and preventable. Let’s take an oath to get checked and be healthy on this World Hypertension Day.”
25. “On this world hypertension day, we should set aside somewhat more effort to think about the unforgiving truth of cardiovascular diseases in the world. We should make a guarantee to ourselves to improve our well-being and guarantee we get safeguarded.”
Home self-measurement of blood pressure
The home self-measurement of blood pressure is more meaningful than the practice measurement. It is important that the self-measurement is carried out correctly at home and the documentation is presented to the doctor.
1. 1 week per month is the measurement week
Measure your blood pressure for a week with a measuring device certified by the German Hypertension League .
2. Measure morning and evening
Measure your blood pressure in peace. In the morning before the day starts – in the evening when the day is over.
3. Document values
Note the measured values in the blood pressure pass or with an app certified by the NHS
4. Determine the average
After the week of measurement, calculate the average value from all the values. Our blood pressure pass determines the value automatically.
5. Limit value 135/85 mmHg
Inform your family doctor if the weekly average is above 135/85 mmHg.