World Hypertension Day is celebrated every year on May 17th. This year, it will be celebrated under the slogan “Measure your blood pressure accurately, control it, live longer”. The World Hypertension League (WHL) initiated World Hypertension Day in 2005. It was first celebrated on 14th May 2005. Since 2006, 17th May dedicated as the Word Hypertension Day by WHL. The day indicates the importance of communicating the increased blood pressure and the impact of hypertension in the development of serious, critical medical problems. The day also provides awareness to prevent, detect, and treatment of high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is called the “Silent killer” as symptoms may not appear quickly. An unhealthy lifestyle can increase the risk of high blood pressure, such as stress, unhealthy diet, obesity, smoking, and lack of exercise. Hypertension is consistent across all social-economical groups and its prevalence rises with age. Nearly half of all adults in the United States and 25% of European adults have hypertension. Hypertension has been the leading cause of death and disability-adjusted life worldwide. An estimated 1.28 billion adults worldwide have hypertension and 46% of adults are unaware that they have high blood pressure.

PLG remains committed to providing technical, strategic, and project management support to our clients which helps them to speed up product development and regulatory submission projects of anti-hypertensive medicines. Here at PLG, we strive to provide a healthy work-life balance environment for all PLG employees to equally take care of their health during day-to-day activities. PLG has a dedicated CSR team to promote and share knowledge and awareness on important social and health awareness topics.

Here on World Hypertension Day, as a firm and individuals, we can celebrate the day by educating others about hypertension, its causes, and prevention.  Let us take an opportunity to get ourselves tested for blood pressure and encourage others to do the same.

So, have you measured your blood pressure today?

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#World Hypertension Day : a note by Nirav Shah