National High Blood Pressure Education Month (May 2014)
National High Blood Pressure Education Month, recognized annually in May, is an important observance time for Measure Up/Pressure Down® and its participating medical groups, health systems, partners, and sponsors to raise awareness, educate, and engage patients across the United States.
Educating patients about high blood pressure and the need for control is essential to long-term health. In fact, high blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and diabetes complications. Nearly one out of three American adults has high blood pressure. Yet out of these 68 million people, only half have the condition under control.
Throughout National High Blood Pressure Education Month, Measure Up/Pressure Down® will launch patient materials; engage local, regional, and national media; host events with our partner organizations; and participate on social media to continue to raise awareness about high blood pressure.
The month featured the inaugural Measure Up/Pressure Down® National Day of Action: Roll Up Your Sleeves! on May 15, 2014.
Stay tuned for updates from Measure Up/Pressure Down® as we get closer to May!