Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

High Blood Pressure Prevalence

By Age
By Sex
By Income

As part of the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), respondents were asked if they had been diagnosed with certain health conditions by a health professional that were expected to last six months or longer. In 2015/16, 21% (18.2%, 24.8%) of Simcoe Muskoka adults (20 to 79 years) reported having high blood pressure, which was not significantly different from the provincial average of 19% (18.0%, 19.4%).

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By Age

High blood pressure prevalence increases with age. In Simcoe Muskoka in 2015/16, high blood pressure prevalence was highest among older adults (65 to 79 years) at 49% (41.3%, 56.6%), followed by adults aged 45 to 64 years at 22% (16.4%, 29.1%). The Simcoe Muskoka high blood pressure prevalence rates were not significantly different from the comparable provincial averages for any age group.

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By Sex

In Simcoe Muskoka in 2015/16, high blood pressure prevalence was similar for males and females. The Simcoe Muskoka high blood pressure prevalence rates were not significantly different from the comparable provincial averages for both males and females.

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By Income

In Ontario as a whole in 2015/16, high blood pressure prevalence decreased with higher levels of household income; however, this same pattern was not observed with the Simcoe Muskoka data. Among Simcoe Muskoka adults (20-79 years), those in the middle income quintile had the highest prevalence of high blood pressure and this was significantly different from the comparable provincial average.

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