World Hypertension Day is a day designated and initiated by The World Hypertension League(WHL) which is itself an umbrella to organizations of 85 national hypertension societies and leagues.
The day was initiated to increase the awareness of hypertension.
This was especially important because of the lack of appropriate knowledge among hypertensive patients.
The WHL launched its first WHD on May 14, 2005
Since 2006, the WHL has been dedicating May 17 of every year as WHD.
The 2006 theme was ‘Treat to goal’, with a focus on keeping blood pressure under control
The 2007 WHD theme was ‘Healthy diet, healthy blood pressure’
The theme for 2008 was ‘Measure your blood pressure…at home’
For the five-year period 2013-2018, the theme of WHD will be ‘Know Your Numbers’ with the goal of increasing high blood pressure awareness in all populations around the world