North West

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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 from the North West are as follows:

 AreaNo. of readings returned  % High reading
 % High normal reading
% Unaware of bp numbers
 Mean systolic
 Mean diastolic
England20,799
 36 25  131  80
North          West 2,574
 34 20
 130
 79
Cheshire 852
 36
 19 
 129
 81
Lancashire 864
 32
 20

 129
 78
Manchester 560
 36
 22
 
 133
 78
Liverpool/ Merseyside 207
 33
 15

 128
 77
Wirral 91 40 19  131 82

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