Arguments and worries cause high blood pressure for almost three quarters of Scots


Almost 70% of Scots admit that personal issues such as arguments and money worries have a direct effect on their blood pressure.

The study found that 67% of the 1,000 participants felt that family arguments, money worries and small tense moments, such as whether their children or grandchildren are ill or in trouble, were stressful enough to have an effect on their sense of control and wellbeing.

For those in the workplace, 40% of Scots declared that traffic problems and delays left them both dejected and stressed and two thirds commented on pressure in the workplace itself, especially when goalposts keep moving, therefore affecting general workloads and deadlines.

The research also found that 67% of those surveyed have actively sought to have their blood pressure tested, mostly at their GP surgery.

Despite this, only 33% of people surveyed in Scotland accepted that measuring blood pressure is important, which according to the study- conducted by electronic consumer Braun- exposes the issue that people are not looking after themselves sufficiently and reading the signs that all is not well.

The survey revealed that 66% of people know that they have a direct genetic link to close family members with blood pressure issues, but are still not taking the right precautions to avoid the end consequences, which could lead to heart attack, stroke or the onset of diabetes.

What’s more, only 50% of Scots thought that keeping physically fit could have an impact on blood pressure and only 67% perceived that healthy eating could have a positive effect.