May measurement Month 2018: An analysis of blood pressure screening results from Indonesia

Yuda Turana, Bambang Widyantoro, Tunggul D. Situmorang, Juzi Delliana, Rully M.A. Roesli, Siska S. Danny, Suhardjono, Yulia Sofiatin, Eka Hermiawaty, Ario S. Kuncoro, Rossana Barack, Thomas Beaney, Anca Chis Ster, Neil R. Poulter, Anwar Santoso

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Elevated blood pressure (BP) is a significant burden worldwide, leading to high cardiocerebro-reno-vascular morbidity and mortality. For the second year of the May Measurement Month (MMM) campaign in Indonesia in 2018, we recruited 174 sites in 31 out of 34 provinces in Indonesia and screened through convenience sampling in public areas and rural primary health centres. Hypertension was defined as systolic BP ≥140 mmHg or diastolic BP ≥90 mmHg, or both, or on the basis of receiving antihypertensive medication. Blood pressure was measured three times followed the standard global MMM protocol, multiple imputation was used to estimate the mean of the 2nd and 3rd BP readings if these were not recorded. A total of 91 222 individuals were screened, and after multiple imputations, 27 331 (30.0%) had hypertension. Of individuals not receiving antihypertensive medication, 14 367 (18.4%) were hypertensive. Among the 47.4% of hypertensive individuals on antihypertensive medication, 10 106 (78.0%) had uncontrolled BP. MMM17 and MMM18 were still the most extensive standardized screening campaigns for BP measurement in Indonesia. Compared to the previous study, the proportion with uncontrolled BP on medication was significantly higher and provided the substantial challenges in managing hypertension in the rural community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)H66-H69
JournalEuropean Heart Journal, Supplement
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Blood pressure
  • Community
  • Control
  • Hypertension
  • Screening


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