In the U.S., 45% of all adults have hypertension, or 108 million people, including 57% of African Americans2 and 40% of women.3
Fully 75% of U.S. adults do not have their blood pressure under control.4 In fact, rates of control are actually decreasing among those taking antihypertensive medication.5
New research published in the European Heart Journal shows that hypertension was associated with a two-fold increase in the risk of death for people with COVID-19.READ THE ARTICLE
The former U.S. Surgeon General issued a "call to action" on hypertension, noting the "devastating effects" of uncontrolled hypertension and outlining three strategic goals.
To help spread awareness of the evidence-based steps in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension, the CDC has developed a toolkit for healthcare practitioners. It includes social media messages and graphics you can share to inform friends, family, and colleagues about these life-saving steps.GET THE CDC TOOLKIT
Help patients understand the prevalence and health risks of hypertension. Download ready-made resources below to promote awareness and engage patients in conversations about hypertension. Then get the awareness guide for examples of how to use the tools in your practice.
One of the most common treatments for hypertension is medication. Patients may take as many as three or more daily medications, each of which may cause a range of unpleasant side effects. This may be why nearly 50% of patients become non-adherent to antihypertensive medications within one year.6
Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General
Adults with hypertension spend 3.2x more on medical care than those without hypertension. 7
In the U.S., hypertension adds $131 billion in incremental costs to the health system every year.8
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: Sample Design, 2011–2014. US Department of Health and Human Services; 2014.
Ostchega Y, Fryar CD, Nwankwo T & Nguyen DT. Hypertension prevalence among adults aged 18 and over: United States, 2017–2018. NCHS Data Brief, no 364. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2020.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Facts About Hypertension. https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm Accessed January 22, 2021
Muntner P, Hardy ST, Fine LJ, et al. Trends in Blood Pressure Control Among US Adults With Hypertension, 1999-2000 to 2017-2018. JAMA. 2020;324(12):1190–1200. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.14545
Jung O, Gechter JL, Wunder C, et al. Resistant hypertension? Assessment of adherence by toxicological urine analysis. Hypertension. April 2013;31(4):766-774.
Johnson B, Fulop D, Rodriguez S. Under Pressure: Adults with Hypertension are Spending Increasingly More on Health Care. Health Care Cost Institute. Available at https://healthcostinstitute.org/hcci-research/under-pressure-adults-with-hypertension-are-spending-increasingly-more-on-health-care. Accessed March 24, 2021.
Kirkland EB, Heincelman M, Bishu KG, et al. Trends in Healthcare Expenditures Among US Adults With Hypertension: National Estimates, 2003–2014. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2018;7(11):ee008731. doi:10.1161/JAHA.118.008731.