In 2015, 5.8% of the total burden in Australia was due to high blood pressure. High blood pressure was the 4th leading risk factor contributing to disease burden.
These estimates reflect the amount of burden that could have been avoided if all people in Australia did not have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure was causally linked to 12 diseases including 10 cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney disease and dementia (see Supplementary tables).
How much burden was attributable to high blood pressure?
High blood pressure contributed 65% of hypertensive heart disease, 43% of coronary heart disease, 41% of stroke, 38% of chronic kidney disease, and 32% of atrial fibrillation & flutter burden.
Note that the following visualisation displays the top 10 linked diseases due to high blood pressure.