Tuesday, September 4, 2012

High blood pressure is out of control for too many Americans



Nearly one-third of all American adults have high blood pressure and more than half of them don’t have it under control.  Many with uncontrolled high blood pressure don’t know they have it. Millions are taking blood pressure medicines, but their blood pressure is still not under control. High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths per day and accounts for nearly $131 billion in direct healthcare costs a year. There are many missed opportunities for people with high blood pressure to gain control. Doctors, nurses and others in health care systems should identify and treat high blood pressure at every visit.

Read the new CDC Vital Signs' report.

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