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.
The 2020 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is now open to health professionals, practices, and health systems that show excellence in achieving hypertension control rates of at least 80% over a 12-month period. Share your story and enter the Hypertension Control Challenge by April 6, 2020.
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.