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How Common Is Hypertension?

Is Hypertension Common?

Hypertension is more common than most people guess. Consider the following facts:
  • More than 65 million American adults -- nearly one in three -- have hypertension
  • Nearly 60 million Americans are over age 55, which means they have a 90 percent likelihood of developing hypertension in their lifetimes
  • African Americans are more likely to develop hypertension than any other racial or ethnic group and tend to develop it earlier and more severely than others
  • At least 18 million Americans have diabetes, which increases their chances of developing hypertension
  • Approximately 122 million American adults are overweight or obese, which puts them at higher risk of developing hypertension.

Looking Ahead

Many people do not experience any symptoms of hypertension or related discomfort, so they find it easy to ignore their condition. This significantly increases their chances of developing kidney disease, a heart attack, a stroke, or other heart and blood vessel problems. Getting this condition under control may add years to a person's life.
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