Director of Public Health Annual Report 2022: Preventing heart disease and stroke in Buckinghamshire

4.2 Gender differences in cardiovascular conditions recorded in primary care

The prevalence of coronary heart disease is over twice as high in men (4.7%) than in women (2.0%). For all risk factors analysed the prevalence is greater in men than in women – most notably smoking being 1.6 times higher in men (of those with a status recorded) and diabetes 1.4 times higher. However, high blood pressure is only recorded as being 6% higher in men than in women. Given the knowledge that high blood pressure is a key driver of cardiovascular disease, this could represent under recording, and therefore undertreatment, in men.