Hypertension

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity
  • Percent of adults aged 20 and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 49.6% (2017-2018)

Source: Health, United States, 2019, table 21 pdf icon[PDF – 9.8 MB]

Physician office visits
  • Number of visits to physician offices with essential hypertension as the primary diagnosis: 32.8 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 National Summary Tables, table 15 pdf icon[PDF – 793 KB]

Emergency department visits
  • Number of visits to emergency departments with essential hypertension as the primary diagnosis: 1.1 million

Source: 2018 NHAMCS Public Use File

Mortality
  • Number of deaths from essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease: 36,524
  • Deaths per 100,000 population from essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease: 11.1

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2019) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: March 26, 2021