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Why Is This Important?
High blood pressure is the number one modifiable risk factor for stroke. In addition to stroke, high blood pressure also contributes to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, and atherosclerosis. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. In the United States, one in three adults has high blood pressure, and nearly one-third of these people are not aware that they have it. Because there are no symptoms associated with high blood pressure, it is often called the "silent killer." The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. High blood pressure can occur in people of any age or sex; however, it is more common among those over age 35. It is particularly prevalent in African Americans, older adults, obese people, heavy drinkers, and women taking birth control pills. Blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes including eating a heart-healthy diet, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco, controlling your weight, and staying physically active.
Percent of adults who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they have high blood pressure.
How the Measure is Calculated
|Numerator:||Number of adults who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they have high blood pressure.|
|Denominator:||Number of adults for whom high blood pressure status can be determined (excludes unknowns and refusals).|