50pc of adults don't know they are suffering from 'silent killer'
Published 30/04/2015 | 02:30
Almost one in two older adults with high blood pressure is unaware they have the condition, although it is a "silent killer".
A major study, published today, shows 64pc of over-50s - around 797,000 people - have high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart attack or stroke.
Even among those who are on tablets for high blood pressure there is concern because nearly half are not controlling it properly.
The findings emerged in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), which collected data from 5,857 adults over 50 to examine awareness, treatment and the control of high blood pressure.
Lead author, Dr Catriona Murphy, a research Fellow at TILDA, said the results are of concern because "high blood pressure is usually a silent condition with no symptoms until it has caused damage to organs such as the heart or kidneys.
The research also revealed:
- Older adults with no medical card were significantly less likely to be on medication to control their blood pressure, compared with those who did have a medical card.
- Lack of awareness is higher in men and in the youngest group, examined aged 50-64.