According to the Irish Heart Foundation, over half of all adults in Ireland over 45 years of age have high blood pressure and four in every five men and two in every three women with high blood pressure are not being treated. New research reveals that Irish people do not get their blood pressure checked regularly.*
46 per cent of Irish people haven’t had their blood pressure taken in the past six months,
25 per cent of 18-24-year-olds have never had their blood pressure checked.
Having your blood pressure checked is important as the higher it is, the greater the risk of heart attack or stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and poor circulation in your legs. These problems can be avoided if your blood pressure is controlled.
*These figures come from a recent Blood Pressure Awareness survey carried out by LloydsPharmacy, which is a charity partner with the Irish Heart Foundation.
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