May 17 is the World Hypertension Day, which is held in Bulgaria for the 16th year in a row and this year Burgas becomes part of the initiative of the Bulgarian League of Hypertension – “May is a month for merena”.

According to bourgas.ru, May 17 is World Hypertension Day, which is held in Bulgaria for the 16th year in a row, and this year Burgas becomes part of the initiative of the Bulgarian League of Hypertension – “May the month for merena”.

The first event, where every resident of Burgas will be able to measure blood pressure, will be held tomorrow, May 14, from 10:00 to 16:00 in the Sea Garden on the alley between the outdoor stage “Snail” and the cultural center “Sea Casino”.

Anyone who wants to, but is not able to measure blood pressure, can do this on Monday, May 16, from 10:00 to 16:00 at the Meden Rudnik Bus Station and on Tuesday, May 17, again from 10:00 to 16:00 in front of the Burgas municipality building.

In addition to measuring blood pressure, participants will be informed about the risks of hypertension by receiving information materials with tips on healthy lifestyles, blood pressure values ​​and how to recognize high blood pressure. Their blood pressure will be measured using electronic devices equipped with AFIB technology to detect atrial fibrillation without an ECG. This technology is an appropriate and safe method of screening for atrial fibrillation at home, helping to prevent stroke and heart attack.

In addition to Burgas, 11 more Bulgarian cities will take part in the initiative – Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Pleven, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Kardzhali, Blagoevgrad, Ruse, Dobrich and Smolyan.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the world. The incidence of hypertension in the European Union is between 30 and 45%. In Bulgaria, cardiovascular disease ranks first among the causes of death and disability.

According to the NSI – European Health Survey for the period 2008-2017, the incidence of arterial hypertension in people over 15 years of age is about 30%.

There is a general increase in the incidence of arterial hypertension and an increase in the number of patients with high blood pressure at a younger age – 45-65 years, i.e. rejuvenation of the disease. Studies also show an increase in the percentage of registered patients with atrial fibrillation. This is the most common arrhythmia due to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke by 3-5 times, leads to cognitive impairment, increases and worsens heart failure.

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