A new study has warned that nearly three-fourths of the British population could be suffering from high blood pressure, raising the risk of strokes or heart attacks.
More than 100,000 blood pressure readings obtained by Lloyds Pharmacy between 2010 and 2011 were analyzed in the study. Just over 18 percent of the people were found to have blood pressure readings that could be termed as normal while a further 12 percent had readings that could be termed as ideal.
Over 60 percent of men and 55 percent of women had blood pressure readings that were high or very high while more than 44 percent of people under 35 years of age also displayed blood pressure readings that were above normal.
Shafeeque Mohammed, who is a heart health expert at Lloyds Pharmacy, blamed the modern lifestyle for the rise in blood pressure. "Modern lifestyles are largely to blame for the upward trend in people suffering from high blood pressure. Many people have sedentary jobs, work long hours and leave little time to eat healthily or take exercise. However, it is important people are educated to the risks so they can do something about it", he said.