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Statistics on High Blood Pressure in America

October 16, 2012

If you have high blood pressure, there is a greater chance that you will develop heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the US. High blood pressure is a condition that can occur in people of all ages and backgrounds, but it is preventable in most cases. Here are some statistics about high blood pressure in America:

The High Blood Pressure Burden of America

  • High Blood Pressure Burden in AmericaHigh blood pressure is a major contributing factor to heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease.
  • Approximately 68 million adults in the US, or one out of three adults, have high blood pressure.
  • In 2008, high blood pressure was identified as a contributing cause of death for over 347,000 Americans.
  • Nearly 30% of adults in America are prehypertensive, meaning that their blood pressure numbers are higher than normal, but still out of the high blood pressure range. These people are at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.
  • About one out of two American adults who have high blood pressure have the condition under control.

However, Americans are Making Significant Progress

  • Between the years 1999 and 2006, a greater number of hypertensive Americans, especially those aged 60 and above, had undergone diagnosis and treatment for their condition.

Talk to Your Physician about High Blood Pressure

  • About one out of five American adults who are suffering from high blood pressure are unaware they have the condition.
  • In 2006, approximately 66% of adults who visited their physicians had their blood pressure checked.
  • Americans made over 40 million visits to their doctors in 2006 to get treatment for high blood pressure.

If you need to talk to a doctor about high blood pressure, do not hesitate to contact our physicians.

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