WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Although many Americans
are aware of the dangers associated with high blood pressure and
many are controlling the condition, the prevalence of high blood
pressure, also known as hypertension, hasn't changed in a decade,
health officials report.
According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, 30 percent of American adults suffer from
"Overall, the prevalence of high blood pressure hasn't changed over the last 10 years," said lead author Sarah Yoon, an epidemiologist at CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
In fact, the prevalence of hypertension did not change
significantly, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex or age, she
"However, there have been significant increases in high blood pressure awareness, treatment and control among people with high blood pressure over the same time period," Yoon added.
Part of the reason that treatment and awareness of hypertension
has increased while the prevalence of the condition remains
stagnant is the ongoing obesity epidemic and the aging population,
both of which tend to produce more hypertensives, Yoon
So, more people become hypertensive even as more people keep
their blood pressure controlled, she explained.
Highlights of the report include:
These data were gathered from the National Health and Nutrition
Examination Surveys (NHANES).
Commenting on the report, Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of
cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that
"high blood pressure represents a major modifiable cause of heart
attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and premature death
in the United States."
This new data from the CDC shows that, due to collective
efforts, significant progress has been made in the awareness,
treatment and control of hypertension, he said.
"After decades of very little progress, the percent of adults with high blood pressure who have their high blood pressure controlled increased substantially," Fonarow said.
"Nevertheless, with slightly over 50 percent of adults with high blood pressure still having not achieved adequate control of their blood pressure, much work remains to fully implement effective cardiovascular preventive measures nationwide," he added.
For more information on high blood pressure, visit the
American Heart Association.
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