Dear colleagues & friends,
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading cause of death globally. Its prevalence is rising in many Asian countries, including Sri Lanka. It causes premature vascular diseases leading to cerebrovascular accidents, ischaemic heart disease and peripheral vascular disease often without warning signs or symptoms; thus it is called a “silent killer”. This “silent killer” can be controlled through screening, lifestyle modification and proper treatment. Despite having a free healthcare system in Sri Lanka and following internationally accepted guidelines, whether we have achieved adequate control in hypertension is questionable. Scarcity of studies related to hypertension in the Sri Lankan context is one of the major reasons for this.
Sri Lanka Hypertension Society (SLHS) is a non-profitable organization established with the intention of raising public awareness, updating knowledge in hypertension among healthcare professionals and acting as a platform for interested bodies and alliances to work in collaboration to achieve the goal of forming evidence based treatment guidelines for the Sri Lankan population.
Following its establishment in 2000, SLHS contributed immensely to publish the first Sri Lanka hypertension guidelines. Due to unforeseen reasons, SLHS has been dormant for several years, however, I am happy to announce that it is now emerging from its ashes with more strength and organized way for the betterment of our nation.
I invite you to become members of our society and join hands to defeat this “silent killer”
Prof. Udaya Ralapanawa
MBBS (Pera) MD (Col) MRCP (UK) FRCP (London) FRCP(Edin)