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High blood pressure
The increase between 2012–13 and 2018–19 was driven by the proportion of people with hypertension doubling from 4% to 8% in non-remote areas.
Hypertension, by remoteness, 2012–13 and 2018–19
(a) The difference between 2012–13 and 2018–19 for people living in remote areas is not statistically significant.
Source(s): 2012–13 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and 2018–19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
The proportion of people who reported having hypertension increased with age from 25 years and over, from 3% of people aged 25–34 years to 38% of people aged 55 years and over.
Measured high blood pressure
Blood pressure measurements were also voluntarily taken at the time of interview for people aged 18 years and over. See Physical measurements (appendix) for more information.
More than two in 10 (23%) people aged 18 years and over had a high blood pressure reading at the time of interview. The proportion of people with a high reading at the time of interview was:
A high reading at the time of interview does not necessarily mean the person had hypertension. However, it can indicate a person may have undiagnosed or untreated hypertension. The gap between a high reading and reported hypertension narrowed as age increased from 25–34 years onwards.
High blood pressure, by age
(a) The difference between hypertension and measured blood pressure for people aged 55 years and over is not statistically significant.
Source(s): 2018–19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
1. Heart Foundation, Blood pressure, <http://heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/know-your-risks/blood-pressure>; last accessed 14/11/2019.
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