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 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.