Here’s a worrying statistic; almost half of Irish people with high blood pressure are unaware of their condition. That was the result of a study conducted by researchers at the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).
The problem is that it rarely has any signs and symptoms to go with it. You should make an appointment with a health professional every so often just to be sure. Alternatively, you can pick up a blood pressure monitor if you’d like to keep an eye on things yourself.
High blood pressure is a major cause of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and premature death. So it’s definitely one of those things that you should keep on top of.
The study found that 45% of people with high blood pressure were unaware they had it. Lack of awareness was greatest in men and in the youngest age group examined, i.e. those aged between 50 and 64 years.
TILDA principal investigator, Prof Rose Anne Kenny, said that this issue is a ‘major public health challenge for Irish society’. She added, “It requires a population-wide focus on healthier lifestyles including weight management, regular physical activity, smoking cessation and restriction of salt and alcohol intake.”
There are ways to lower blood pressure naturally. Exercise is a great way to lower your blood pressure. It helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently, so it doesn’t work as hard to pump blood. Dark chocolate contains flavanols that make blood vessels more elastic. We’ve already touched on the virtues of dark chocolate. And finally, listening to soothing music can help you relax and lower your blood pressure.
In Short: A study has found that half of Irish people with high blood pressure are completely unaware. It’s something you need to keep an eye on.