May 17th is World Hypertension Day and the St. Lucia Diabetes & Hypertension Association joined counterparts from the Hypertension League in the observance.  Activities for the day are centered around raising awareness and promote hypertension prevention, detection and control. igh blood pressure is the main risk factor to develop cardiovascular disease.

“Know your numbers” is the theme for this year. Its purpose is to raise awareness worldwide about the importance of knowing what is your blood pressure measurement.

Inkeeping with the theme for this year’s observance the St. Lucia Hypertension and Diabetes Association helped many Saint Lucians learn their numbers by offering free blood pressure checks.

Unlike other health fairs, this particular one offered blood pressure checks exclusively; the Ministry of Health also offered advice on the role of proper nutrition in avoiding or managing hypertension.

The SLHDA is encouraging people to learn their numbers by having their pressure checked. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so regularly checking the blood pressure is the only way to know if a person has high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk of health problems in the future including heart disease and stroke.

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