September 4th, 2012
CDC: Nearly 36 Million Americans Have Uncontrolled Hypertension
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) show:
- 30.4% of U.S. adults (an estimated 66.9 million people) have hypertension.
- Of those with hypertension, 53.5% have uncontrolled hypertension (about 35.8 million people).
- 39.4% with uncontrolled hypertension (about 14.1 million) are unaware that they have hypertension.
- 89.4% with uncontrolled hypertension have a “usual source of health care and insurance, representing a missed opportunity for hypertension control.”
The CDC authors conclude: “The findings in this report can be used to target populations and refine interventions to improve hypertension control. Improved hypertension control will require an expanded effort from patients, health-care providers, and health-care systems.”