Monday, May 18, 2009

World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day has been established to highlight the preventable stroke, heart and kidney diseases caused by high blood pressure and to communicate to the public information on prevention, detection and treatment. Each year, May 17th is designated World Hypertension Day.

High Blood Pressure Is A Global Epidemic

Over 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure (or hypertension). Hypertension is the biggest risk factor for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

High blood pressure is the biggest single risk factor for death worldwide, causing strokes, heart attacks and kidney disease.

Salt Is A Major Factor In Raising Blood Pressure

High salt (sodium) consumption is the cause of hypertension in about 3 in 10 adults. Hypertension is the major risk factor in cardiovascular diseases, accounting for 64% of strokes and 49% of coronary heart disease. Reducing sodium reduces blood pressure.

Globally, 7 million die every year because of high blood pressure. Many of these deaths could be prevented by eating less sodium. Sodium is a part of table salt but up to 80% of the sodium we consume comes from processed or packaged food and food eaten at restaurants.

World Hypertension League Organisation

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