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19% of people in Cyprus over 15 have high blood pressure

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Almost 19 per cent of the island’s population reported they had blood pressure in 2019, three per cent lower than the EU average, a Eurostat report showed on Wednesday.

In 2019, 22 per cent of people in the European Union reported having high blood pressure.

According to Eurostat, data concerned people aged 15 years and over who reported they had been diagnosed by a medical doctor with high blood pressure in the 12 months prior to the survey.

The data were collected from 27 EU member states as well as Serbia, Turkey, and Norway.

The highest shares of high blood pressure among the EU countries were recorded in Croatia (37per cent), followed by Latvia and Hungary, both at 32 per cent.

In contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Ireland, where 12 per cent of people had blood pressure, followed by Luxembourg, Romania and the Netherlands with 16 per cent.

A total of 18.9 per cent of the population in Cyprus reported they were suffering from blood pressure that year, with the share of males being slightly higher than women at 19.7 compared with 18.1 per cent.

However, the share of women in the EU reporting they had high blood pressure in 2019  — 23 per cent — was slightly higher than the share of men which stood at 21 per cent.

The highest shares of women with high blood pressure were recorded in Croatia, 38 per cent, Latvia, 37 per cent, and Hungary with 34 per cent.

On the other hand, the highest shares of men with high blood pressure were recorded in Croatia 36 per cent, Hungary, 29 per cent, and Finland, 28 per cent.

“The persistent effect of high blood pressure in arteries may lead to the chronic failure of vital organs such as the heart, kidneys or brain,” Eurostat said.



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