World Hypertension Day is observed every May 17th in order to raise awareness and promote hypertension prevention, detection and control.
High blood pressure is the main risk factor to develop cardiovascular disease.
More than one billion people around the world live with hypertension, which is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and premature death worldwide.
To achieve the global target to reduce the prevalence of hypertension by 25% by 2025, WHO and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Global Hearts Initiative in 2016. With its five technical packages.
control tobacco, Active increase physical activity, , reduce salt consumption and replace (eliminate trans fat) the Initiative aims to improve heart health worldwide.