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Adults at lowest risk are most likely to have undiagnosed hypertension, data show

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 28 April 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p976
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Younger, healthier adults who are least at risk of high blood pressure are among the groups most likely to have undiagnosed hypertension in England, data from the Office for National Statistics have shown.1

The figures show that around a third (32%) of adults living in private households in England had high blood pressure. An estimated three in 10 of these (29%), or around 4.2 million adults, have undiagnosed hypertension.

Chris Shine, a statistician at the ONS, said, “Our analysis found that while the prevalence of hypertension increased with age and other known risk factors such as high BMI and poor general health, there are considerable numbers of younger, healthier people who are …

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