A new data analysis by the New Zealand Health Research Council has revealed that the prevalence of hypertension in New Zealanders aged 55 years and older has increased by 17.7% over the past decade.
The rate of hypertension has increased significantly for all ethnicities, the report found.
PMI is the measure of the level of blood pressure.
The new data also shows that the rate of heart disease has increased from a rate of 8.9% to 10.2% in the last decade.
PMIs are the highest indicators of cardiovascular health in the world.
The report also found that the number of deaths due to diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke have increased from 9.3% to 13.7%.
The study also found there was a rise in the prevalence and severity of type 2 diabetes in New York City between 1999 and 2008.
PMAs have been shown to predict mortality, and the study found that there were no significant changes in mortality between 1999-2008 and between 2008-2011.
PMs have been linked to the development of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases, and obesity.
The study was published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
The National Health and Medical Research council says more than a million people have died due to chronic disease in New England since the 1970s.
PMDs were linked to a rise of diabetes, hypertension and stroke in New Hampshire, but it says that in the US, a decline in PMDs has been associated with an increase in death due to heart disease.