High Blood Pressure: prevalence

Data for this section are drawn from the Scottish Health Survey (SHeS) and are based on adults aged 16 years and over.

Chart 1 (view chart) / (download chart and data (88Kb)) shows the estimated prevalence of high blood pressure in the adult population of Scotland (aged 16+), broken down by age and gender for 2015, from the Scottish Health Survey. (The estimates do not include pregnant women).

The data in Chart 1 show that around one quarter of the adult population in Scotland has high blood pressure, this has steadily declined since 2003.

In 2015 the prevalence of high blood pressure increased with age such that almost two thirds of women and more than half of men aged over 75 had high blood pressure. The pattern with age differs between men and women, a higher proportion of men than women between 25 and 64 had high blood pressure while this was reversed for those aged 65 and over.

Please note: If you require the most up-to-date data available, please check the data sources directly as new data may have been published since these data pages were last updated. Although we endeavour to ensure that the data pages are kept up-to-date, there may be a time lag between new data being published and the relevant ScotPHO web pages being updated.