Fewer Than Half of U.S. Adults Have High Blood Pressure Under Control
Only 48 percent of American adults with hypertension had it under control during 2015 and 2016, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That number is significantly short of the Department of Health and Human Services' goal of 61.2 percent of American adults having their high blood pressure under control by 2020. Effectively controlling high blood reduces your risk of heart failure, stroke, and other serious conditions, while even slightly elevated pressure puts you at increased risk for things like dementia, kidney damage, and eye problems.
The CDC data also show that hypertension is more prevalent non-Hispanic black adults in the United States than in other racial and ethnic groups. A higher percentage of women had controlled hypertension than men, with 52.5 percent of women having a handle on the condition versus 45.7 of men.
"Get it under control," Dr. Ravi Dave of UCLA Health bluntly told CBS New York after the CDC numbers were released. "The longer you wait, the more harm you're doing to your body."