World Hypertension Day 2024

17 May 2024

Measure your blood pressure accurately, control it, and live longer!

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the Americas, and high blood pressure (hypertension) is responsible for more than 50% of CVD deaths. Unfortunately, in this Region, more than a quarter of adult women and four in ten adult men have hypertension, and diagnosis, treatment, and control are suboptimal. Only a few countries show a population hypertension control rate of more than 50%. Consequently, PAHO initiated the HEARTS Initiative in the Americas to address this important health problem. HEARTS is a CVD risk reduction initiative focused on improving the quality of primary care that is being implemented in more than 3,000 health facilities in 33 countries.