Wednesday, 3 May 2017

May Measurement Month

May Measurement Month As you are well aware, hypertension has been long recognized as one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and premature deaths worldwide. It is estimated to cause 9.4 million deaths and 7.0% of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). In India, it exerts substantial public health burden on cardiovascular health status and the health care system. It is estimated to account for 10.8% of all the deaths and 4.6% of DALYs in the country. Indian Medical Association is collaborating with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), who in turn, is collaborating with Centre for Chronic Disease Control – WHO Collaborating Centre and Public Health Foundation of India to observe May 2017 as “May Measurement Month”, which is a joint initiative between the International Society of Hypertension and World Hypertension league. As a part of this international project, it has been decided to monitor the blood pressure of over 25 million people around the globe with India getting a target of 2.5 million in this month. Indian Medical Association has been assigned, as a participant of this initiative, to ensure that each and every member of the Association monitors the blood pressure of at least 20 patients per day for the whole month starting from 1st May 2017. Under this project, all patients between 18-65 years of age are to undergo blood pressure monitoring 3 times in one go with a gap of one minute each through mid-left arm sitting position. A link to download the data collection tool for Android phones is appended below. We call for the participation of one and all in IMA to achieve the set target for the project as above and raise the IMA flag higher in the international arena. (Dr KK Aggarwal) (Dr RN Tandon) National President, IMA Hony Secy Gen, IMA For Study material, click to download:- 1. Patient_Information_sheet 2. FAQs 3. 10 Tips 4. Project Flyer 5. Matter for Standee 6. Patient Informed Consent format 7. Information sheet for volunteers to use when advising members of the public found to be hypertensive with blood pressure readings of 140/90 or above 8. Measurement card format 9. Printable Excel sheet format for records of persons checked

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