CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report – Poor blood-pressure control puts more than 5 million people at risk: How can health care systems help people take their medicine as directed?
Embargoed Until: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 1:00 PM ET
Contact: CDC Media Relations
According to the latest CDC Vital Signs report, about 70% of US adults age 65 or older have high blood pressure – but only about half have it under control (less than 140/90), putting them at risk of heart disease, stroke, and early death. The percentage of Medicare Part D enrollees not taking their blood pressure medicine is higher among certain racial/ethnic groups and there are geographic differences. Health care systems can take several important actions to help more people take their life-saving medicines as directed.
CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
Tuesday, September 13, at 12 p.m. ET
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