Hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment and control in the over 50s in Ireland: TILDA

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5th May 2015, Dr. Catriona Murphy, TILDA

Dr. Catriona Murphy, TILDA

Research led by Dr. Catriona Murphy (HRB ICE Research Fellow) of TILDA estimates that 64% of the over 50s in Ireland have high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and premature death and disability. Almost half of those with high blood pressure were unaware of their condition. The study also revealed that almost half of those who were on medication to control blood pressure did not have their blood pressure controlled to normal levels.

Other key findings from this study include:

  • 45% of those with high blood pressure were unaware of their condition. Lack of awareness was highest in men and in the younger age groups.
  • In those with high blood pressure, 59% were taking medication to reduce it. Older adults with no medical card were significantly less likely to be on medication to control their blood pressure, compared to those who did have a medical card.
  • Almost half of those who were on medication to control hypertension did not have their blood pressure controlled to normal levels.

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