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For high blood pressure, the Center for Chronic Disease Control has screened 1.1 million Indians

As part of the 2017 May Measurement Month (MMM) campaign, the Centers for Chronic Disease Control (CDC) has successfully tested over 1.1 million people for excessive blood pressure (BP). For MMM, the biggest worldwide program to encourage regular blood pressure monitoring, CCDC is the official partner in India.

This effort, which has screened over 6 million people so far, included more than 100 nations. In India, non-communicable illnesses account for over 63% of fatalities, with cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounting for 27% of these cases. One of the major risk factors for CVDs is high blood pressure. The CCDC works to educate and empower the public to manage and prevent this chronic illness via MMM and other year-round efforts.

In honor of World Hypertension Day on May 17, CCDC and IAPEN India collaborated to host health fairs, as well as several training sessions, lectures, and volunteer orientations in many cities in the National Capital Region, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Odisha. The lecture series taught attendees about the dangers of hypertension and how to manage high blood pressure via a healthy diet and lifestyle modifications, while the health camps focused on increasing awareness and encouraging frequent monitoring. 471 volunteers from hospitals, medical institutes, and other organizations throughout India helped CCDC.

Prof. D. Prabhakaran, Executive Director of the CCDC, said during his speech on MMM: “Controlling excessive blood pressure is essential to averting heart attacks and strokes. CCDC is pleased to report that over the course of seven MMM campaign editions, more than 1.1 million screenings have been performed countrywide. We are dedicated to improving heart health and lowering the prevalence of cardiovascular illnesses in our communities by reaching out to people throughout the country.”

The International Society of Hypertension established May Measurement Month (MMM) to educate adults over the age of 18 about the importance of monitoring their blood pressure and how it impacts their health. For those with high blood pressure, MMM provides dietary and lifestyle recommendations and enhances follow-up treatment. MMM uses statistics on untreated hypertension to push governments worldwide to improve BP screening services and lower the amount of morbidity and mortality brought on by high blood pressure.

In India and other low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), the Center for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) is spearheading initiatives to reform public health and provide public health professionals with the tools they need to address the rising threat of chronic illnesses. This Delhi-based non-profit scientific organization was founded in 2000 with the goal of assisting the Government of India (GoI) in lowering the incidence of chronic illnesses in the country.

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