Half of Americans Have Uncontrolled Hypertension

The CDC reports improvement since 1999, but rates of blood pressure control still fall short of the Healthy People 2020 goal.
The CDC reports improvement since 1999, but rates of blood pressure control still fall short of the Healthy People 2020 goal.

(HealthDay News) -- About 47% of individuals with hypertension do not have the condition under control, through either lifestyle changes or medications, according to a November data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

In 1999, more than 68% of patients did not have their blood pressure under control, the researchers found. But the improvement is still far short of the federal Healthy People 2020 goal, which calls for fewer than 40% of patients to have uncontrolled hypertension by that date, according to the CDC researchers.

The overall rate of hypertension in the United States has remained constant, hovering between 28 and 29%, according to the new report. Two in 3 people over the age of 60 have hypertension, and one in 3 people between the ages of 40 and 59 have the condition.

Whites are most likely to have their blood pressure under control (55.7%), the CDC report showed. Blacks (48.5% under control), Asians (43.5%) and Hispanics (47.4%) are all more likely to be living with uncontrolled hypertension.

Source

  1. Hypertension Prevalence and Control Among Adults: United States, 2011–2014. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db220.htm. Accessed November 12, 2015.
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