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Blood Pressure Control

About 70 percent of U.S. adults ages 65 and older have high blood pressure and only half have it under control, putting them at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. A new CDC Vital Signs report reveals that at least 25 percent of Medicare Part D beneficiaries are not taking their blood pressure medicine as directed, which could have deadly consequences.

September 13, 2016

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Analyzing America’s Heart Age

A majority of U.S. adults have a heart age that is older than their chronological age—evidence that they could be at greater risk for heart attacks and stroke.

September 1, 2015

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Sodium Overload

Americans consume too much sodium. In fact, the average daily intake among individuals aged 2 years and older in the U.S. is 3,500 mg per day, significantly higher than the recommended daily maximum of 2,300 mg – and that doesn’t even include salt at the table.

July 14, 2015

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CDC Finds Sodium Consumption is High Among U.S. Children

More than 90 percent of school-aged children nationwide eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease in adulthood, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.

September 9, 2014

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Reducing sodium in restaurant food is an opportunity for choice

Restaurant food accounts for nearly a quarter of the sodium in the American diet. Restaurants can work with public health in order to provide consumers with the sodium content of their restaurant meals.

January 23, 2014

CDC Finds 200,000 Heart Disease and Stroke Deaths Could be Prevented.

More than half of 200,000 preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke happened to people younger than 65 years of age, and the overall rate of preventable deaths from heart disease and stroke went down nearly 30 percent between 2001 and 2010, with the declines varying by age.

September 3, 2013

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High blood pressure is out of control for too many Americans

High blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths per day and accounts for nearly $131 billion in direct healthcare costs a year.

August 2, 2012