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Uncontrolled BP Major Problem in U.S.

Posted Sep 04 2012 10:00pm

An estimated 35.8 million U.S. adults with hypertension have uncontrolled blood pressure levels, even though the vast majority have regular access to healthcare and insurance coverage, the CDC reported Tuesday.Nearly one in three Americans has high blood pressure and more than half of those cases are “out of control,” according to federal health officials.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that high blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths per day by increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Sixty-seven million Americans have high blood pressure, and of these, 36 million cases are uncontrolled, according to the report. Another 16 million Americans take medication from the condition but still struggle, the report found.

The CDC estimates that healthcare costs related to high blood pressure top $130 billion annually.

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