Over 1.5 million people screened for High Blood Pressure in hundred countries


 MMM initiative

Over 1.5 million people screened for
 Blood Pressure in hundred countries

Majority not aware that they suffer from hypertension
and large
 Number on treatment are not controlled

By Prof. Feroze Memon

In some countries people had their Blood Pressure checked for the very first time in their life. Large numbers of screeners were found to be hypertensive and not treated, and similar large numbers were on treatment but not controlled. These individuals are now aware of their hypertension and have been given advice on the next steps needed to address their issue. As a result, large numbers of cardiovascular events will have been averted as a direct result of MMM.

From these screenings of MMM 2017 data from 1.2 million people is available and the first tranche of these analyses is now being completed. Findings from this unique data set will shed light on the links between Blood Pressure levels and day of the week, hour of the day, room temperature, body weight, height, diabetes, smoking, alcohol ingestion, established vascular disease, ethnicity and much more! These data will be used to create valuable scientific evidence to help influence public health policies and treatment to reduce the burden of global disease due to raised BP at a local and global level.

On the occasion of World Hypertension Day (WHD) in May 2017, upon the initiative of International Society of Hypertension in collaboration with World Hypertension League started the project of MMM17. This was an awareness drive to check BP of general population & target was one million people in month of May. We in Pakistan also joined the campaign through Pakistan Hypertension League (PHL) platform. We marked 13 centers & screened around 25000 people in May 2017. International Society of Hypertension (ISH) organized a meeting to discuss the outcome of this campaign & to decide the further strategy.

I attended the meeting held in London UK on 19-20 January 2018 from Pakistan Hypertension League. In all thirteen presentations were short listed, Pakistan being one of them.  The participants were briefed about our initiative to create awareness. We developed theme on red colour with heart shaped insignia, red caps & play cards.  We distributed awareness leaflets about risk factors for hypertension. Then all major institutes planned sessions for walk to make people realize how important it is to Know about Hypertension & why it’s important to treat. We also gave talk/lectures to the community, to students & to various organizations. These ideas were very much liked & appreciated at International Society of Hypertension (ISH) platform.