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QuickStats: Percentage* of Persons Aged >20 Years with Hypertension, by Race/Ethnicity --- United States, 1999--2002


* Percentages are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population by using five age groups: 20--34, 35--44, 45--54, 55--64, and >65 years.

Defined as either having elevated blood pressure (systolic pressure of >140 mmHg or diastolic pressure of >90 mmHg) or taking antihypertensive medication.

§ Includes persons of all races/ethnicities (including all Hispanic origins), not just non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Mexican Americans.

Persons in this subpopulation might be of any race.

During 1999--2002, approximately 30% of persons aged >20 years had hypertension. Among those racial/ethnic populations and subpopulations evaluated, the percentage with hypertension was highest among non-Hispanic blacks. Men and women were approximately equally likely to have hypertension.

SOURCES: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2004: with chartbook on trends in the health of Americans. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2004. Available at

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999--2002. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 8/24/2005


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