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


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Carnagarin, R, Yang, J, Critchley, S, Picone, DS ORCID: 0000-0002-4760-1634, Tan, I, Marques, FZ, Cowley, D, Fernando, M, Beaney, TL, Trengrove, N, Omelczuk, S, Poulter, NR, Brockman, D and Schlaich, MP 2021 , 'May Measurement Month 2019: an analysis of blood pressure screening results from Australia' , European Heart Journal Supplements, vol. 23 (Su , B18–B20 , doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/suab016.

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May Measurement Month (MMM) is an annual global blood pressure (BP) screeningcampaign aimed at obtaining standardized BP measurements and other relevanthealth 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 BPreadings were recorded in a standardized manner for each participant, and data onlifestyle factors and comorbidities were collected. Hypertension was defined as asystolic BP 140 mmHg, or a diastolic BP 90 mmHg (according to the MMM protocol)or taking antihypertensive medication. Multiple imputation was used to estimateparticipants’ 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 remaining45.7% of participants inadequately treated. Approximately 74% of treated patientswere 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 campaignhighlight that BP control rates in Australia remain unacceptably low.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Carnagarin, R and Yang, J and Critchley, S and Picone, DS and Tan, I and Marques, FZ and Cowley, D and Fernando, M and Beaney, TL and Trengrove, N and Omelczuk, S and Poulter, NR and Brockman, D and Schlaich, MP
Keywords: hypertension, blood pressure, screening, treatment
Journal or Publication Title: European Heart Journal Supplements
Publisher: W B Saunders Co Ltd
ISSN: 1520-765X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/eurheartj/suab016
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Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. Copyright The Author(s) 2021.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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