Half of U.S. Adults Have High Blood Pressure, Says the Heart Association
The number of Americans at risk for heart attack and stroke is much higher than previously thought, according to a new report from the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA estimates that 103 million people in the United States – one-half of all adults – have high blood pressure, increasing their risk for heart disease.
The report, “AHA’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2018 Update,” was published in Circulation. It also predicts that high blood pressure prevalence may soar even further as the U.S. population ages and life expectancy rises. Between 2005 and 2015, the death rate from high blood pressure rose nearly 11 percent, and the number of deaths associated with hypertension climbed about 38 percent to 79,000 in 2015.
Worldwide, high blood pressure affects approximately one-third of adults and is the leading cause of deaths related to heart disease. In 2015, heart disease claimed nearly 18 million lives globally. The AHA says progress is being made, but most people still aren’t following recommended guidelines to reduce heart disease risk.