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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 15, 2013

Hypertension Increasing Among US Adults

JAMA. 2013;309(19):1986. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4950

The prevalence of US adults with hypertension as well as those who take antihypertensive medication has increased in recent years, according to telephone surveys carried out by state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In 2009, 28.3% of US adults told interviewers they had hypertension, compared with 25.8% in 2005. Of those who said they had the condition, the proportion who reported using antihypertensive medication increased to 62.6% from 61.1% during the same time period. The results are from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.