MURDOCH University is gearing up to take part in one of the world’s largest public blood pressure screening studies.
On Thursday, a team of volunteer staff and students will provide free blood pressure checks as part of May Measurement Month 2017, which aims to measure the blood pressure of several million people in up to 100 countries around the globe.
Data from the blood pressure checks will form part of a global study on hypertension led by the International Society of Hypertension and the World Hypertension League.
Nursing lecturer Michelle Buchanan, who is spearheading Murdoch University’s volunteer effort for the event, said that it was crucial to raise public awareness about blood pressure.
“Cardiovascular disease is a huge burden on society and it is important to get the message out about the ways people can keep their hearts healthy,” she said.
“Every year, 10 million people around the world die needlessly because of high blood pressure causing a stroke, heart attack, or other cardiovascular complications.”
Teams will be based on Bush Court at Murdoch University’s South Street campus from 10am to 2.30pm.
Everyone is encouraged to attend for a free blood pressure check.