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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 London and Middlesex are as follows:

No. of readings returned
% High reading
% High normal reading
% Unaware of bp numbers
Mean systolic
Mean diastolic
England 20,799 36 25
 131 80
London & Middx
 2,031 33 24
 130 80
London 1,874 33 24
 131 80
Middlesex 157 35 20
 129 80

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