Hypertension or high blood pressure as the illness is most commonly known is the most prevalent ailment in the British Virgin Islands. This is according to the Virgin Islands 2010 Population and Housing Census Report that was laid on the Table of the House of Assembly on 17 November.

The census stated: “The most common ailment was hypertension which affected 8.2% of the population. This is followed by diabetes (5.2%) arthritis (5.1%), and asthma (4.6%).” It was stated that hypertension was the most common illness among the population across all the islands with 7.0% in Anegada, 11.7% in Jost Van Dyke, 8.0% in Tortola, and 8.9% in Virgin Gorda. Arthritis also featured quite prominently in Jost Van Dyke affecting 11.7% of the population there.

High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continues and can be detected. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.