World Health Day was observed on April 7 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO was established in 1948 to serve as the authority on global health concerns, and each year, World Health Day comes with a theme to bring attention to one of these concerns. The theme for 2013 was hypertension (HTN), or high blood pressure.
The WHO web site reports that one of every three adults worldwide has elevated blood pressure. According to The College Network's Pathophysiology comprehensive learning module, "HTN causes narrowing of blood vessels by causing the contraction of the smooth muscle cells lining the vessel wall and also by inducing the hyperplasia of these cells. In the heart, increased blood pressure leads to left ventricular hypertrophy. In the kidney, small blood vessels may be obliterated as a consequence of HTN. HTN is a major risk factor for atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and cerebrovascular disease, leading to stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, MI, aortic aneurysm, and kidney failure."
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