High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans.1 High blood pressure is also very common. Tens of millions of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control. Learn more facts about high blood pressure.
High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so the only way to know if you have it is to get your blood pressure measured. Talk with your health care team about how you can manage your blood pressure and lower your risk.
Read The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension and share it with your colleagues, peers, and loved ones. Incorporate actionable steps into your work, community, or personal life to help reduce high blood pressure.
The Hypertension Control Change Package lists process improvements that outpatient clinical settings can implement as they seek optimal hypertension (HTN) control. This updated version was prompted by new clinical guidelines, development of new resources, and general advances in quality improvement for HTN management.
Million Hearts® recognized 15 health care practices and systems as 2020 Champions for their efforts to achieve blood pressure control for at least 80% of their adult patients with hypertension.
- Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Xu J, Arias E. Deaths: Final Data for 2017 pdf icon[PDF – 1.76M]. National Vital Statistics Reports, 68(9). Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2019.