About 1 in 3 U.S. adults—as estimated 68 million—have high blood pressure1, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States.2
High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because it often has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don't realize they have it. That's why it's important to get your blood pressure checked regularly.
The good news is that you can take steps to prevent high blood pressure, or to treat it if it is already high.
May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Have you talked about a goal for your blood pressure with your health care provider? If not, do it at your next visit. One of three American adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. Learn how to make control your goal.
Did you know that 67 million American adults have high blood pressure? That’s 1 in every 3 American adults, and only about half of these individuals have their condition under control. This infographic can help you make blood pressure control your goal, every day.
Clinicians, public health practitioners, health care systems, and individuals can focus on disease management strategies to improve blood pressure control in order to improve health outcomes for patients with HTN. Self-measured blood pressuring monitoring (SMBP) is one such strategy that is being promoted by Million Hearts® and numerous national and international health organizations. The SMBP guide provides guidance and resources for public health practitioners on the integration of self-measured blood pressure monitoring with clinical feedback into chronic disease prevention efforts.
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s enough time to achieve some big improvements in your heart health. Now is the perfect time to get started on a new, heart-healthy game plan. Think about making one small change each week to lower sodium, get active, quit smoking, and control blood pressure to boost your heart health this month.
Almost 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, and more than half of them do not have it under control. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States. View the video "CDC Vital Signs: Getting Blood Pressure Under Control."
This event was a collaboration among the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the American Heart Association (AHA), designed to inspire creative thinking about developing and sustaining successful community interventions for better cardiovascular health. In particular, the event highlighted the spread of innovations aimed at reducing blood pressure and cholesterol to prevent heart disease and stroke.
The CDC Vital Signs program is a call to action each month concerning a single, important public health topic. CDC Vital Signs for February focuses on cardiovascular disease, specifically control of hypertension and cholesterol.
Hypertension (high blood pressure), the most common primary diagnosis in America, is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States.
Most of the sodium we consume is in the form of salt. Too much sodium is bad for your health. It can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the first and third killers of men and women in the United States each year.
- CDC. Vital signs: prevalence, treatment, and control of hypertension—United States, 1999-2002 and 2005-2008. MMWR. 2011;60(4):103-8.
- Miniño AM, Murphy SL, Xu J, et al. Deaths: Final data for 2008. National Vital Statistics Reports; vol 59 no 10. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2011.