Yorkshire & Humberside

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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.

Readings for Yorkshire and Humberside are as follows:

 AreaNo. of readings returned Mean systolic  Mean diastolic% High reading  % High normal reading% Unaware of bp numbers 
 England 26,084 133 81 38 21 73
Yorkshire & Humberside 1,793 133 81 39 20 69
 East Yorkshire 20 136 80 55 10 84
 Lincolnshire 309 132 81 36 22 78
 North Yorkshire 557 130 81 36 20 62
 South Yorkshire 383 133 79 40 19 73
 West Yorkshire 315 138 84 50 20 63
 Yorkshire 209 129 79 32 23 80

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