Adults with controlled high blood pressure

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Base: Adults aged 16 and over with a valid blood pressure reading and data on medication

Controlled hypertension is high blood pressure that is being successfully treated or medicated. Since 2003 there has been an upward trend in the proportion of adults with controlled hypertension.

Note: HSE participants’ blood pressure was measured in their homes by a qualified nurse. High blood pressure is defined as a systolic blood pressure (SBP) at or above 140mmHg or diastolic blood pressure (DSP) at or above 90mmHg or on medication prescribed for high blood pressure. Participants were classed as ‘hypertensive controlled’ where they had an SBP below 140mmHg and DBP below 90mmHg, and were currently taking medication for blood pressure. 

Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.


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Adults with untreated high blood pressure

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Base: Adults aged 16 and over with a valid blood pressure reading and data on medication

Untreated hypertension is persistently raised blood pressure that is not being treated or medicated. Since 2003 there has been a downward trend in the proportion of adults with untreated hypertension.

Note: HSE participants’ blood pressure was measured in their homes by a qualified nurse. High blood pressure is defined as a systolic blood pressure at or above 140mmHg or diastolic blood pressure at or above 90mmHg or on medication prescribed for high blood pressure.  Participants were classed as ‘hypertensive untreated’ where they had an SBP at or greater than 140mmHg and DBP at or greater than 90mmHg, and were not currently taking medication for blood pressure. 

Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.


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