1 in 4 Americans have High Blood Pressure

Surprising Facts About High Blood Pressure

What you don’t know about high blood pressure could hurt you. High blood pressure affects nearly half of the adult population in the United States, yet many people who have the condition don’t know they have it.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the US. Fortunately, high blood pressure is treatable and preventable.

To lower your risk, know your numbers by getting your blood pressure checked regularly and take action to control your blood pressure if it is high.

Many people who have high blood pressure don’t know it.

About 1 in 3 U.S. adults with high blood pressure aren’t even aware they have it and are not being treated to control their blood pressure.

Even though most people with uncontrolled high blood pressure have health insurance and visit a health care team member at least twice a year, the condition is often not diagnosed.7 CDC is working with health care professionals to find patients with high blood pressure who are “hiding in plain sight.”

Ask your health care team what your blood pressure numbers mean and if they are too high. Stick to your treatment plan and follow your provider’s advice if you are diagnosed with high blood pressure.

High blood pressure usually doesn’t have any symptoms.

High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer.” Most people with high blood pressure don’t have any symptoms. Because many people feel fine, they don’t think they need to get their blood pressure checked. Even if you feel normal, your health may be at risk. Talk to your doctor about your risk for high blood pressure.

Young people can have high blood pressure, too.

High blood pressure doesn’t just happen to older adults. Nearly 1 in 4 adults aged 20 to 44 have high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, a condition that is on the rise among younger people. Experts think the increased risk for stroke in this age group is a direct result of the rising rates of obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes—conditions that are preventable and treatable.

Ask your healthcare provider how often you should check your blood pressure. You can get your blood pressure checked at a doctor’s office or pharmacy, and you can check it at home if you have a home blood pressure monitor.

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Mohawk offers no cost resources to help health plan members have a healthy lifestyle. Your annual check-up and other preventive services are also provided at no cost to you to help you save money and have a healthier lifestyle.

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Helpful Resources

You can help prevent high blood pressure—also called hypertension—by making healthy choices and managing other health conditions you may have. 

  • Checkout these short episodes from the CDC about high blood pressure:  Episode 1 | Episode 2
  • Lower your blood pressure by taking small steps, like measuring and recording your numbers between checkups. Get more blood pressure management tips from @CDCHeart_Stroke.
  • My Blood Pressure Log
  • To read the full article, visit the CDC's website


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