Sri Lanka Hypertension Society is relaunched with the objective of maintaining highest standards in hypertension management while promoting advancement of scientific research and knowledge in Sri Lanka.
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.
Hypertension is of epidemic proportions globally. It is increasing especially in South Asia.
I was the Founder President of the SLHS, Sri Lanka Hypertension Society. The Inaugural meeting was on 29/05/2000 at the SLMA auditorium.
We included Cardiologists, Physicians, Nephrologists, Obstetrician, Ophthalmologists, Neurologists, Community and Family Physicians.
It has been an honour to have served as the President of the Sri Lanka Hypertension Society but sad that it could not properly function in the last several years due to many unforeseen circumstances, in particular my departure overseas. I sincerely regret that I am unable to be present at the relaunch of the Society today due to some pre-arranged commitments.
I am most grateful to Professor Udaya Ralapanawa who volunteered to resurrect and relaunch the Society. I am indeed most appreciative to him for his sincere efforts without which this action would have been further delayed.