How Many People Have High Blood Pressure in the U.S. (and Is It on the Rise)?

You probably know by now that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S. for both men and women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes one out of every four deaths is related to heart disease, and that amounts to around 610,000 people. And having high blood pressure greatly increases your risk of developing this life-threatening condition.

If you have high blood pressure, you’re certainly not alone. Millions in the U.S. do — and many don’t even know it.

The number of people in the U.S. with high blood pressure

A doctor checks a patient’s blood pressure. | iStock.com/AndreyPopov

It’s important to know what exactly we’re referring to when we talk about high blood pressure. It’s natural for your blood pressure to rise and fall throughout the day, the CDC says, but when the force of blood is continually too high against your artery walls, this can cause major internal damage. Additionally, this condition is often referred to as a “silent killer” due to its lack of symptoms.

High blood pressure is extremely common as well. About 75 million U.S. adults in the U.S. have it, which amounts to one in every three people. Scarily enough, many young people also have high blood pressure. And only about 54% of those who have been diagnosed have control over the condition, meaning the remaining 46% are at a significantly increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Aside from the U.S., China, India, Indonesia, and Russia are other countries known for having many citizens with dangerously high blood pressures.

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