May Measurement Month 2019: An analysis of blood pressure screening results from Australia

Revathy Carnagarin, Jun Yang, Sue Critchley, Dean Picone, Isabella Tan, Francine Z. Marques, Diane Cowley, Mario Fernando, Thomas Beaney, Naomi Trengrove, Salima Omelczuk, Neil R. Poulter, Derrin Brockman, Markus P. Schlaich

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Abstract

May Measurement Month (MMM) is an annual global blood pressure (BP) screening campaign aimed at obtaining standardized BP measurements and other relevant health information from members of the community to increase awareness of elevated BP and the associated risks. Adults (18 years) were recruited through opportunistic sampling across the various Australian states during May 2019. Three BP readings were recorded in a standardized manner for each participant, and data on lifestyle factors and comorbidities were collected. Hypertension was defined as a systolic BP 140 mmHg, or a diastolic BP 90mmHg (according to the MMM protocol) or taking antihypertensive medication. Multiple imputation was used to estimate participants’ mean BP where three readings were not available. Of the 2877 participants, 901 (31.3%) had hypertension of whom 455 (50.5%) were aware of their condition, and 366 (40.6%) were on antihypertensive medication. Of those taking antihypertensive medication, 54.3% were controlled to 140/90 mmHg with the remaining 45.7% of participants inadequately treated. Approximately 74% of treated patients were on a single antihypertensive medication. The MMM campaign provides an important platform for standardized compilation of BP data and creation of BP awareness in Australia and other nations worldwide. Data from the 2019 MMM campaign highlight that BP control rates in Australia remain unacceptably low.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)B18-B20
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Heart Journal Supplements
Volume23
Issue numberSupplement B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Screening
  • Treatment

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