High Blood Pressure Facts

InfographicHigh blood pressure is one of the most prevalent health conditions facing Americans. In fact, 68 million Americans – 1 in every 3 U.S. adults – have high blood pressure. Nearly 20 percent do not even know they have it. Sadly, the disease can lead to other health problems, including heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.

Together, we can change these statistics and achieve lasting improvements that lead the way to greater health, productivity, and cost savings.

Health Toll

•  Less than half of people with high blood pressure have their conditions under control.
•  High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day.
•  Approximately 20 percent of U.S. adults who have high blood pressure do not know they have it.
•  Almost 30 percent of American adults have prehypertension, which raises the risk of developing high blood pressure.
•  Sixty-nine percent of people who have a first heart attack, 77 percent of people who have a first stroke, and 74 percent of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.
•  In 2009, nearly 350,000 American deaths included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause.
•  The U.S. isn’t the only country facing high blood pressure; globally, 40 percent of adults ages 25 and older had high blood pressure in 2008.

Financial Costs

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Interactive Maps

US MapMany organizations have developed interactive maps that show the effect of high blood pressure in communities throughout the United States. Learn about how the disease impacts your county, state, race, or gender with these tools: