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May 17 is World Hypertension Day: Local Pharmacies to Offer Complimentary Blood Pressure Screening
Canadian residents urged to know their blood pressure numbers to combat “silent killer”
Toronto Pharmacies across Canada are asking local residents of all ages to roll up their sleeves and take their blood pressure on Wednesday, May 17, World Hypertension Day. Knowing your numbers can save your life.
That’s the message of Hypertension Canada, which is spearheading the initiative along with Canadian blood pressure monitor leader BIOS Diagnostics. One thousand drugstores across the country will be holding Blood Pressure Screening & Patient Education events on May 17. These events will educate Canadians on the importance of answering “What’s Your Number?” and offer complimentary blood pressure screenings on-site.
The leading cause of death worldwide, hypertension or abnormally high blood pressure affects 7.5 million Canadians, with nine out of 10 people expected to develop high blood pressure in their lifetime, leading to strokes, heart attacks and kidney failure without warning.
“An estimated 7.5 million Canadian adults suffer from high blood pressure, yet there are simple steps that can be taken to reduce the incidence of this silent killer,” said Dr. Nadia Khan, President, Hypertension Canada. “We are committed to ongoing education and developing new strategies to continue to advance control rates and ensure all Canadians avoid the potentially devastating complications of hypertension.
New guidelines introduced by Hypertension Canada direct doctors to use “out of office” measurements to help diagnose and control hypertension by having patients regularly monitor their blood pressure at home.
Hypertension Canada is Canada’s only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the prevention and control of hypertension and its complications. Powered by a professional volunteer network of the leading multidisciplinary experts in hypertension, Hypertension Canada publishes Canada’s clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and control of hypertension and pursues its mission through the advancement of research, professional and public education, and advocacy for healthy environments. More information is available at www.hypertension.ca.