More People Aware They Have High Blood Pressure

(WebMD) — High blood pressure is a major health problem in the U.S., but the good news is that the number of people who know they have the condition has been increasing dramatically, the CDC says in a new report.

A health concern in the U.S. for years has been a lack of awareness among many people with high blood pressure that they have the condition.

But the CDC says the percentage of people who know they have high blood pressure has increased from 69.6% in 1999-2000 to 80.6% in 2007-2008.

Also, the percentage of people with high blood pressure taking medications for the condition increased from 60.2% in 1999-2000 to 73.7% in 2007-2008, according to CDC.

This apparently accounts for the finding by researchers that the percentage of people whose blood pressure was controlled in the past decade also increased among all population subgroups.


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