High Blood Pressure Rates

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The number of people in the U.S. who reported having high blood pressure rose from 2005 to 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at the CDCs conclusions in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The proportion of Americans reporting they have high blood pressure rose nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2009. High blood pressureor hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

The report was published in the Centers for Disease Control journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Researchers point out that many factors contribute to hypertension, including obesity, eating too much salt, not exercising regularly, drinking too much alcohol and smoking. They also estimate that only about half of those with hypertension have it controlled. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Of the study participants who said they had high blood pressure in 2009, about 62 percent were using medication to control it.

Improving awareness, treatment and control of blood pressure is vital to reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke. All adult men and women should be aware of their blood pressure levels and, if elevated, get proper treatment.

The CDC used data collected by state health departments across the country.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.