The rate of people with high blood pressure on the Isle of Wight is among the highest in the country, as experts warn it may be the tip of the iceberg.
There were 25,404 patients with high blood pressure on doctors’ books under the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in 2016-17, the most recent year for which data is available, according to figures from Public Health England.
7.5% increase since 2009-10
It means that 17.7% of all those on the register have high blood pressure – the ninth-highest level in England. It is an increase of 7.5% on the rate in 2009-10, when figures were first recorded.
Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: