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During Know your Numbers! Week 2009:

Across the UK, only 22% of people tested had an 'optimal' reading. This means 78% of those tested should be taking positive action to lower their blood pressure.

34% had high blood pressure readings (at least 140/90mmHg) which needed further investigation. 71% did not know their blood pressure numbers.

Even 'average' readings across England, Wales and Northern Ireland 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 The Highlands are as follows:

Area No. of readings returned % High reading
% High normal reading
% Unaware of bp numbers
Mean systolic
Mean diastolic
Scotland 1,052 29 20 77 129 80
Ross-shire 117 44 15 93 124 75

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