Australian Bureau of Statistics
4338.0 - Profiles of Health, Australia, 2011-13
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High blood pressure is an important risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
According to WHO guidelines, a person is defined as having high blood pressure if their systolic or diastolic blood pressure is equal to or greater than 140/90 mmHg.
The results below refer to measured blood pressure only, and do not include people who might otherwise have high blood pressure but are managing their condition through the use of blood pressure medications or other actions.
In 2011-12, just over 3.1 million people aged 18 years and over (21.5%) had measured high blood pressure.
Overall, men were more likely to have high blood pressure than women (23.6% and 19.5% respectively), while the proportion of Australians with high blood pressure increased with age. Around 42.5% of persons aged 65 years and over had measured high blood pressure, compared with 6.0% of people aged 18-24 years.
Footnote(s): (a) Measured blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or more.
Source(s): Australian Health Survey: First Results
Previous results for blood pressure
Information on measured blood pressure is available from Nutrient Intakes and Physical Measurements, Australia, 1995
Information on self reported hypertension is available from the National Health Survey 2007–08, 2004–05, 2001, 1995.
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This page last updated 25 January 2013