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More US adults have hypertension

The number of Americans with high blood pressure is on the rise due largely to the growing rates of obesity. The good news is that more people are living with, rather than dying from high blood pressure.

The US study

Lead author Dr Cutler from the NHLBI compared data from two similar surveys taken about 10 years apart. They had information from 16,351 adults from the first survey and 14,430 from the second survey.

The results showed that high blood pressure rose from 24.4% to 28.9% over the 10 years between the two studies.

Main results

  • Less American adults have normal blood pressure – from 55.5% to 50.3%.
  • More American adults have prehypertension – from 32.3% to 36.1%.
  • Awareness of having high blood pressure went up by 5%.
  • More American adults are being treated for hypertension in all race and gender groups.

Study authors comments

Dr Kotchen from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee reported that from an overall and a patient care perspective, the study emphasizes the importance of, “Preventing obesity and encouraging weight loss for the overweight as strategies for hypertension prevention.”


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