Murdoch helping to test global blood pressure

May 15, 2017

Murdoch University will be offering free blood pressure checks for a global study.

Murdoch University is participating in one of the world’s largest public screening exercises on blood pressure.

On Thursday, a team of volunteer staff and students from the School of Health Professions and the Murdoch Medical Service will provide free blood pressure checks as part of May Measurement Month 2017 (MMM17).

MMM17 aims to measure several million people aged 18+ over the month of May at screening centres in up to 100 countries.

Data from the blood pressure checks will feed into a global study on hypertension led by the International Society of Hypertension and the World Hypertension League.

Nursing lecturer Michelle Buchanan, who is spearheading Murdoch University’s volunteer effort for the event, said that it was crucial to raise public awareness about blood pressure.

“Cardiovascular disease is a huge burden on society and it is important to get the message out about the ways people can keep their hearts healthy,” she said.

“Every year, 10 million people around the world die needlessly because of high blood pressure causing a stroke, heart attack, or other cardiovascular complications.

“Participants will be given their blood pressure reading, receive health promotion and leave knowing what they can do next.”

Teams will be based on Bush Court at Murdoch’s Perth campus from 10am to 2:30pm.

Everyone is encouraged to come along for a free blood pressure check this Thursday.

More details can be found here.

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