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May Measurement Month: a new joint global initiative by the International Society of Hypertension and the World Hypertension League to raise awareness of raised blood pressure

Poulter, Neil R.a; Schutte, Aletta E.b,c; Tomaszewski, Maciejd; Lackland, Daniel T.e

doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000001346
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Raised blood pressure is the biggest single contributing risk factor to death and the burden of disease worldwide. However, international data suggest that fewer than half of those with hypertension are aware of their condition. In May 2017, the International Society of Hypertension and the World Hypertension League are leading a global initiative – May Measurement Month (MMM) – to raise awareness of the importance of screening. MMM will be a cross-sectional survey of men and women aged ≥18 who have not had their BP measured since 30 April 2016.

aInternational Centre for Circulatory Health, Imperial College London, London, UK

bHypertension in Africa Research Team (HART)

cMedical Research Council, Unit for Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease, Faculty of Health Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

dDivision of Cardiovascular Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

eDepartment of Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Correspondence to Neil R. Poulter, MBBS, MSc, FRCP, FMed Sci, Imperial Clinical Trials Unit, 68 Wood Lane, London W12 7RH, UK. E-mail: n.poulter@imperial.ac.uk

Received 21 February, 2017

Accepted 21 February, 2017

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