Italian Society of Hypertension 2014 World Hypertension Day Report
On 17th May 2014 the 10th World Hypertension Day, promoted by the World Hypertension League, was celebrated in Italy.
'Know Your Blood pressure' was the motto of the day and the central theme of the event as suggested from WHL.
Società Italiana dell’Ipertensione
Lega Italiana contro l’Ipertensione Arteriosa
17 MAGGIO 2014 - X GIORNATA MONDIALE CONTRO L’IPERTENSIONE ARTERIOSA
The Italian Society of Hypertension (SIIA) acted as promoter of a large number of initiatives throughout the nation in order to widely disseminate the awareness of hypertension and cardiovascular related diseases.
Several activities have been organized by the Regional Coordinators of SIIA and by numerous members of the Society, with the generous support of the Italian Red Cross volunteers meeting a great success.
One hundred and twenty two stands for blood pressure and heart rate measurements were placed in the main squares of several towns or in large supermarkets. All these activities were free of charge and on average about 250 persons were examined in each stand. At the same time, several hypertension outpatients clinics in large Italian Hospitals, offered free consultations and visits, throughout the day.
Together with blood pressure measurements, education on high blood pressure clinical significance, and the benefit of exercise, nutrition, salt daily consumption as non-pharmacological measures to prevent/reduce blood pressure increase was also provided, by meetings and/or informative booklets, distributed in more than 4.000 pharmacies adhering to the national initiative. The educational material was also available in all the stands, where a large attendance of people was expected.
The most important national newspapers published a World Hypertension Day advertisement. Many newspapers and magazines published interviews and articles concerning hypertension and in many radio and TV programs the opportunity to talk about hypertension and to explain its relevance as a cardiovascular risk factor was given.
Thanks to the joint contributions of SIIA members, nurses, pharmacists and Italian Red Cross volunteers, the Hypertension Day met a great success and achieved its goals, encouraging all the organizers to be prompt for the next Hypertension Day in 2015.
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Report compiled and written by:
Società Italiana dell’Ipertensione Arteriosa – Lega Italiana contro l’Ipertensione Arteriosa - Via Aristide de’ Togni 14 - 20123 Milano
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