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.
Explore this new PEAR, What is the Evidence for State and Local Laws Addressing Sodium Reduction Among the US Adult Population? Use the report to learn about real-world options to support sodium reduction. Read the six policy inventions to learn more and help your communities lower hypertension rates through sodium reduction.
Using the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Practice Guideline, a CDC study shows that many more youth are now considered to have hypertension. High blood pressure during childhood and adolescence is linked to health problems later in life. The good news is that it is controllable and treatable. Learn what parents can do.
- 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.