Virtual Course on accurate automated blood pressure measurement (HEARTS)

About the course

The course on accurate automated blood pressure measurement is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization joined by the World Hypertension League, the Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group and Hypertension Canada, and Resolve to Save Lives, academically developed by a group of highly qualified experts recognized worldwide.

It is structured in an interactive way with a narrated video that illustrates step by step how to properly measure blood pressure, as well as the factors that can alter the measurement and give misleading records.

It consists of an interactive module with an illustrated video, an illustrated guide, and a narrative evaluation. At the end of the modules, the student will be able to download the certificate issued by the Virtual Campus for Public Health (VCPH) of PAHO/WHO and validated by World Hypertension League, Resolve to Save Lives initiative, and The Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group and Hypertension Canada.


Course purpose

Training members of the health care team who are in charge of blood pressure measurement to do it correctly, step by step, so that they can make an appropriate diagnosis and start the indicated treatment according to the blood pressure record.


To develop an efficient mechanism for patients and health care professionals to update knowledge on proper blood pressure assessment, pass a knowledge test and provide a certificate of recognition.


Primary health care teams including doctors, nurses, physicians and nurse assistants, technical personnel, pharmacists, and specialists such as internal medicine doctors and other specialists in charge of blood pressure measurement. Patients and non-health care professionals who are knowledgeable about hypertension may also find this course useful.

Duration / Workload

The course is open and available in the VCPH. As it is a self-learning course, participants can regulate their times and moments of dedication. When including the estimated time to review the course contents and the Final Test, the course is assigned a total of one hour.

This course provides a certificate valid for 6 months starting from the day that it is issued. Afterwards, participants are welcome to retake the course.

Last update: 08/Jul/2024