World Hypertension Day: 17 May 2012
The European Medicines Agency supports World Hypertension Day, which is taking place on Thursday 17 May 2012.
World Hypertension Day is held every year on 17 May to highlight the preventable stroke, heart and kidney diseases caused by high blood pressure and to communicate information on prevention, detection and treatment to the public. In 2012, the theme is 'healthy lifestyle, healthy blood pressure.'
The Day was started by the World Hypertension League, a federation of leagues, societies, and other national bodies devoted to the promotion of the detection, control and prevention of high blood pressure.
Long-term high blood pressure can damage the arteries and vital organs throughout the body, leading to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. Globally, around 7 million people die every year because of high blood pressure, making it the biggest single risk factor for death worldwide.
The European Commission has authorised a number of medicines for the treatment of high blood pressure on the recommendation of the Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). The Agency also publishes guidelines for pharmaceutical companies, describing how they should design and carry out studies of medicines for the treatment of high blood pressure.