"We are proud to support the National High Blood Pressure Education Month initiative to better understand hypertension and what an individual's blood pressure means for long-term heart health", said Terry Duesterhoeft, president and CEO of A&D Company - Americas.
He advised that the best way to address this was for people to live a healthy lifestyle irrespective of their age.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) latest report, only 40 per cent of Indian population is aware that they are suffering from hypertension. In addition, women also showed a 17 percent lower risk of major coronary heart disease or stroke, and men a 21 percent lower risk. Other complications can include heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, renal impairment, retinal haemorrhage and visual impairment.
Hypertension is the leading cause of mortality, with an estimated 1.2 billion sufferers globally.
"French pharmaceutical company "Servier" is running the campaign #Becauseisayso as a social campaign of utmost importance to introducing to a large number of people what hypertension is and the problems related to the condition", said Khetsuriani. The theme for this year is "Know Your Numbers".
"Our data analysis from this massive screening will allow us to collect scientific evidence to influence health policy around blood pressure screening".
"No one is immune to hypertension - black or white, male or female, rich or poor, old or young, overweight or thin, fit or unfit - and it is essential that everyone has their BP screened regularly, especially if you have risk factors for hypertension", emphasised Rayner.
A blood pressure test is the only way to find out if your blood pressure is too high. This is why it has become important to make people aware of the condition as much as possible and educate them about blood pressure screenings, particularly the African-American group.
"I went to the doctor because there was something wrong with my heart". But, people often ignore the need for regular check up and visit a doctor only when the blood pressure shoots up.
Phillips admits it has been hard making lifestyle changes like exercising, reducing his drinking and bad eating habits.
"He had to check me for weeks, with the rates fluctuating; he diagnosed that I have hypertension and placed me on medication".
"I advise hypertensive patients to maintain a suitable diet, nutritional supplements, exercise and proper stress management, " he said.
Soweto nurse Tlalane Ndlala's family had a long history of hypertension. Plus, having a blood pressure check is quick, simple and non-invasive. He can not walk, he can not talk or do anything for himself.
If constant headache and dizziness has been troubling you and you are easily getting tired, have blurred vision, then chances are that you are suffering from high blood pressure.
Tobacco smoking has been linked to increased cardiovascular diseases. "I manage my health with pills".
Asians not only tend to have diets high in sodium, but they are genetically more sensitive to sodium, the researchers said.