To create an awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure April, 1978 is being celebrated as ‘World Hypertension Month with the slogan ‘Down with High Blood Pressure’.
Hypertension or high blood pressure, is a silent the health of people. Presenting no symptoms in its early stages, it often passes unnoticed. However, its complications are among the most important causes of death and incapacity. As Blood Pressure goes up, life expectancy goes down. The dangers of high blood pressure are manifold. It is responsible for changes in all blood vessels in particular those supplying blood to the brain, the kidneys and the heart, resulting in heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. It is estimated that about 10% to 15% of the Pakistani Adult population suffers from high blood pressure.
Potent medicines are now available which can completely control this condition and avoid the complications noted above. Patients with high blood pressure must, however, remain on treatment for life time for continued protection. Most importantly, all apparently healthy people should have yearly Blood Pressure measurement performed so that this disease is nipped in the bud.
In order to highlight this occasion Pakistan Post Office is issuing a set of two commemorative Postage Stamps of Paisa 20 and Rupees 2.00 denominations on 20th April 1978.