North Wales

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During Know your Numbers! Week 2008:

At least 246,000 adults across the UK had a free blood pressure check. Only 24% of people tested had an 'optimal' reading. This means 76% (187,000) of those tested should be taking positive action to lower their blood pressure.

Across the UK, 38% (more than 93,000 people) had high blood pressure readings (at least 140/90mmHg) which needed further investigation. 72% (more than 177,000 people) did not know their blood pressure numbers.

Even 'average' readings across the UK fell into the 'high normal' definition (130/85 - 139/89mmHg). This has serious implications for the future health of the population. For example, someone with a BP of 135/85mmHg is twice as likely to have a stroke or develop heart disease as someone with an optimal BP.

The results from North Wales are as follows:

Area No. of readings returned Mean systolic Mean diastolic % High reading  % High normal reading % Unaware of bp numbers 
 Wales 1,975 134 80 40 22 65
 Flintshire 22 134 80 23 32 68
 Gwynedd 144 133 76 35 19 72
 Wrexham 69 135 81 38 26 61


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