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Blood Pressure Screening | May Measurement Month

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This May, people across BARBADOS are encouraged to get involved with May Measurement Month, a worldwide screening initiative aimed at highlighting the need for increased blood pressure awareness.

Raised blood pressure — hypertension — causes approximately 9.4 million deaths each year worldwide, and many of those who die never knew they were affected. There are no symptoms and some only find out after suffering a heart attack or stroke, or are diagnosedwith something else, such as heart or kidney disease.

The campaign, led by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the World Hypertension League (WHL), aims to measure millions of people’s blood pressure to find out just how big the problem is and demonstrate to governments across the world why they need to raise public awareness and provide us all with better blood pressure screening facilities and treatment.

During the -1-31 May 2017, the ISH and WDL are working together with Heart & Stroke Foundation Barbados (HSFB) as local project managers and volunteers across BARBADOS to screen as many people as possible. Funded by the ISH and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the project is conducted in accordance with all national and international ethics guidelines. BARBADOS will be recording measurements May 8th – 23rd.

All you have to do to get involved is be over 18 years old and ideally not have had your blood pressure recorded in the past year. But don’t worry if you have — you can still take part and it’s easy.

If you would like to have your blood pressure measured, you can find your local screening centre by contacting Dr. Kenneth Connell (Local Coordinator) or Dr. Raphael Greenidge (Project Assistant) at

The whole process will only take around 10-15 minutes and at the end you will leaving knowing what your blood pressure is and if you need to do anything about it. The data from BARBADOS will be analyzed along with the results of millions of others worldwide. The results will be announced once the analysis in complete.

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