Hypertension

Data are for the U.S.

Morbidity
  • Percent of adults aged 18 and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 48.1% (2017-March 2020)

Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2017-March 2020 Prepandemic Data Files-Development of Files and Prevalence Estimates for Selected Health Outcomes, table 7 pdf icon[PDF – 436 KB]

Physician office visits
  • Number of visits to physician offices with essential hypertension as the primary diagnosis: 33.6 million

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2018 National Summary Tables, table 14 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: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2018 National Summary Tables, table 12pdf icon

Mortality
  • Number of deaths from essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease: 41,907
  • Deaths per 100,000 population from essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease: 12.7

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2020) via CDC WONDER

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Page last reviewed: April 20, 2022