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Eur Heart J Suppl. 2019 Apr;21(Suppl D):D1-D4. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/suz055. Epub 2019 Apr 24.

May Measurement Month 2017: Results of 39 national blood pressure screening programmes.

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1
Imperial Clinical Trials Unit, Imperial College London, Stadium House, 68 Wood Lane, London, UK.
2
Dipartimento Cardio-Toraco-Vascolare, Università di Bologna, S.Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, Via Albertioni 15, Bologna, Italy.
3
Section of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Manila Doctors Hospital, 667 United Nations Ave., Ermita, Manila, Philippines.
4
Federation University Australia, School of Health and Life Sciences, University Drive, Mt Helen, Victoria, Australia.
5
Arterial Hypertension and Metabolic Unit, Hospital Universitario, Fundación Favaloro, Belgrano 1782, P:4, CABA, Argentina.
6
Dobney Hypertension Centre, School of Medicine - Royal Perth Hospital Unit, The University of Western Australia, Level 3, MRF Building, Rear 50 Murray St, Perth WA, Australia.
7
Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART), MRC Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease, North-West University, Hoffman Street, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa.
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School of Medicine, Hypertension Center STRIDE-7 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Third Department of Medicine, Sotiria Hospital, Athens, Greece.
9
CARIM - School for Cardiovascular Diseases, Maastricht University, PO Box 616, 6200 Maastricht, the Netherlands.
10
Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and The Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, 72 East Concord St, Boston, MA, USA.
11
Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, St Dunstan's Road, London, UK.

Abstract

Raised blood pressure is the biggest single risk factor responsible for mortality worldwide. Despite this, the majority of people with hypertension are unaware of having it, are untreated, or are on treatment but uncontrolled. May Measurement Month is a global campaign initiated by the International Society of Hypertension with the aim of raising awareness of high blood pressure. In the first year of the campaign in 2017, over 1.2 million people were screened in 80 countries across the world, finding over 100 000 people with hypertension who were not on treatment and over 150 000 people on anti-hypertensive treatment who were not controlled. The individual national results from 39 countries are presented in this supplement. In this article, we discuss the background to the campaign, along with some of the logistical and methodological challenges that were faced in setting up the campaign, and in collecting and analysing the data from such a large cross-sectional study. With the lessons learned from the 2017 campaign, the campaign was repeated in 2018 and is to be repeated again in 2019.

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