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One in four of us have high blood pressure

ALMOST a quarter of Irish adults have high blood pressure – a common cause of stroke and heart attack.

The nationwide survey found that 24pc of people have been diagnosed with hypertension.

Today is World Hypertension Day and the survey found that just 6pc of Irish people are aware that high blood pressure has no symptoms.

Almost half of those (48pc) who have hypertension were diagnosed while visiting their doctor for a different complaint.

The survey also showed that only one in three people (32pc) actually know their own blood pressure reading.



Dr Angie Brown, medical director of the Irish Heart Foundation, said: "The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. Even if you feel well and healthy, you could still have hypertension, which is a silent risk factor for stroke and heart attack."

The Irish Heart Foundation has created a webpage for more information – www.irishheart. ie/hypertension.

They also co-ordinated a free blood pressure check road show that today visits Dublin's Blanchardstown Centre.