NCHS Data Brief
Number 48, October 2010
Recent Trends in the Prevalence of High Blood Pressure and its Treatment and Control, 1999-2008
Sung Sug (Sarah) Yoon, Yechiam Ostchega, and Tatiana Louis
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Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
* There was no significant change in the prevalence of high blood pressure among U.S. adults from 1999-2000 to 2007-2008. This was true for men and women, all age groups, and for non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Mexican-American adults.
* Among U.S. adults with high blood pressure, the percentage that was aware of the condition increased from 69.6% in 1999-2000 to 80.6% in 2007-2008.
* Among U.S. adults with high blood pressure, the percentage who were taking medication to lower their blood pressure increased from 1999-2000 through 2007-2008.
* The control of blood pressure increased among U.S. adults with high blood pressure from 1999-2000 through 2007-2008. Increases in control occurred for all subgroups of the population.
High blood pressure is one of the most common risk factors for cardiovascu-lar disease and stroke (1). This report evaluates the overall trends in age-adjusted high blood pressure prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control using the most recent 10 year NHANES data. It also examines these age-adjusted rates for hypertension by sex, age, and race and ethnicity.
Keywords: high blood pressure, prevalence, trends
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