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QuickStats: Prevalence of Antihypertensive Medication Use* During the Preceding Month Among Persons with Hypertension Aged >18 Years, by Race/Ethnicity --- United States, 1988--1994 and 1999--2002

* Specific prescription antihyperstensive medications were identified from an inventory of all prescription medications used during the 1-month period before the interview.

Persons with systolic blood pressure >140 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure >90 mm Hg or who reported current use of a prescription medication for high blood pressure.

The prevalence of antihypertensive medication use during the preceding month among adults with hypertension increased from 57% in 1988--1994 to nearly 63% in 1999--2002. Substantial increases in use also occurred among non-Hispanic white and black adults but not among Mexican-Americans, for whom prevalence remained at approximately 40%.

SOURCE: Gu Q, Paulose-Ram R, Dillon C, Burt V. Antihypertensive medication use among US adults with hypertension. Circulation 2006;113:213--21.

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Date last reviewed: 5/25/2006

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