More men than women in the United States have hypertension, but men are less likely than women to be aware of their condition and to be currently taking antihypertensive medication, according to 2009-2010 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The survey of adults aged 18 years and older showed that the age-adjusted prevalence of hypertension in the United States is 29.4% among men and 27.5% among women. Data showed that 79.6% of men were aware of their condition compared with 84.9% of women. In addition, 73.1% of men were currently taking medication for hypertension compared with 80.6% of women.

The findings appear in a report by the National Center for Health Statistics.


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