HHS Healthbeat

High numbers on high blood pressure

High blood pressure is huge in America. Analysts at HHS’ Agency for Heathcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ, reviewed the latest available numbers. AHRQ’s Karen Davis:

"One in every 4 adults, representing some 55 million Americans, was treated for high blood pressure in 2008"’ (7 seconds)

And that’s only the ones who know it and got treated. Because high blood pressure has no symptoms, the real total would have to include people who have high blood pressure and don’t know it.

High blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke. But it can be controlled – even prevented – by proper eating and physical activity. The researchers found those who exercised vigorously 30 minutes or more, at least three times a week, were one third less likely to have high blood pressure.

Learn more at hhs.gov.


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