Essential facts, stats and quotes relating to hypertension

Published on: 17th August 2015 | Updated on: 28th March 2022

This page contains facts, stats and quotes that LPC members may find useful when writing business cases or developing resources to support the commissioning of a hypertension service.

This page is ‘work in progress’ and will continue to be updated with new facts, stats and quotes.

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British Heart Foundation: Detection and Management of High Blood Pressure

  • Over 24% of people in England are estimated to have high blood pressure.
  • High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of premature death and disability in England, according to the Global Burden of Disease study.
  • High blood pressure costs the NHS an estimated £2 billion, while social care and productivity costs are likely to be much higher.
  • Every 10mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure reduces the risk of major cardiovascular events by 20%.
  • For every ten people diagnosed with high blood pressure, seven remain undiagnosed and untreated – this is more than 5.5 million people in England.
  • One in three people with diagnosed high blood pressure are not treated to target.

Tackling high blood pressure – From evidence into action (November 2014)

  • At present only four in ten of all adults with high blood pressure are both aware of their condition and managing it to the levels recommended.
  • People from the most deprived areas are 30% more likely than the least deprived to have high blood pressure, and the condition disproportionately affects some ethnic groups including black Africans and Caribbean.
  • More than a quarter of adults in England have hypertension. It is the most common long term condition and second biggest risk factor (after smoking) for premature death and disability in this country.
  • New estimates suggest the annual burden to the NHS in England from conditions attributable to high blood pressure is over £2 billion (including stroke, coronary heart disease, chronic kidney disease and dementia).
  • High blood pressure costs the economy much beyond this indeed – from clinical time and medication costs of managing high blood pressure as a condition in its own right, to the impacts on social care and the wider economy.


  • In 10 years, 45,000 years of life could be saved and £850 million not spent on related health and social care if a reduction in the average population blood pressure can be achieved.


  • In ten years, 7,000 years of life could be saved and £120 million not spent on related health and social care if an improvement in the diagnosis of high blood pressure can be achieved.


  • In ten years, 7,000 years of life could be saved and £120 million not spent on related health and social care if (via lifestyle and/or drug therapy) better control of blood pressure levels among those on treatment can be achieved.

British Journal of General Practice, Management of patients with hypertension: general practice and community pharmacy working together (September 2014)

  • General practice and community pharmacy could work together on the management of the chronic disease with the greatest prevalence in the UK: hypertension.

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