(Please note the above photo was taken in 2019 pre COVID mask wearing requirements)
As part of May Measurement Month, the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash Health are partnering to offer free blood pressure checks between Monday 17 – Friday 21 May (11am to 2pm each day).
The free blood pressure checks will be located in the front foyer of the Monash Medical Centre main entrance and available for employees, patients and visitors.
May Measurement Month is a worldwide initiative dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of high blood pressure and the importance of regular checks.
Dr Jun Yang, Head of Endocrine Hypertension Group at Hudson Institute of Medical Research and consultant endocrinologist at Monash Health, expressed that findings from Monash Health’s participation in May Measurement Month in 2019 ‘highlighted just how under-recognised hypertension is in our community’.
‘Of over 1.5 million people screened around the world in 2019, 34% had hypertension and half of them did not even know they had the condition. At Monash Health, we screened over 600 people and had the same findings. Hence, we will take part in the May Measurement Month campaign again to increase awareness of hypertension amongst our community members.’
High blood pressure is the number 1 contributing risk factor for global death and can cause strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications – over 10 million lives are lost each year around the world due to high blood pressure. For most people, there are no warning signs for high blood pressure, which is why it’s so important to get it checked regularly.