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Percentage of adults who have been told by a health professional they have high blood pressure. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

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High Blood Pressure

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  • Adults who have been told they have high blood pressure by a healthcare professional.
  • Percentage of adults who have been told by a health professional they have high blood pressure. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)
Ranking Value State
0 30 District of Columbia
1 22.9 Utah
2 25 Colorado
3 26.3 Minnesota
4 27.8 California
5 28.1 Arizona
6 28.4 New Mexico
7 28.6 Nebraska
7 28.6 Wyoming
9 28.7 Hawaii
10 28.9 Wisconsin
11 29.1 North Dakota
12 29.2 Massachusetts
13 29.3 Vermont
14 29.4 Alaska
14 29.4 Idaho
16 29.8 Connecticut
17 29.9 Iowa
17 29.9 Oregon
19 30 Washington
20 30.2 Montana
21 30.6 New Jersey
22 30.7 New Hampshire
22 30.7 New York
24 30.8 Kansas
24 30.8 Nevada
26 31 Illinois
26 31 South Dakota
28 31.2 Virginia
29 31.3 Maryland
29 31.3 Texas
31 31.4 Pennsylvania
32 32.2 Maine
33 32.4 Georgia
33 32.4 North Carolina
35 32.7 Ohio
36 32.8 Indiana
37 32.9 Rhode Island
38 34.2 Florida
38 34.2 Michigan
40 34.3 Missouri
41 34.8 Delaware
42 35.5 Oklahoma
43 35.8 Arkansas
44 36.4 South Carolina
45 37 West Virginia
46 38 Kentucky
47 38.4 Louisiana
48 38.7 Tennessee
49 39.3 Mississippi
50 40.1 Alabama

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Overview

High Blood Pressure, or hypertension, is the percentage of the adult population who were told by a health professional they have high blood pressure. The data is from CDC’s 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Because of the 2011 change in BRFSS methodology, stroke data from the 2012 Edition onward cannot be directly compared to estimates from previous years (see Methodology).

High blood pressure is a major modifiable risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Hypertension often has no symptoms and is estimated to afflict 1 in 3 Americans.[1] Hypertension and high cholesterol are modifiable risk factors that can be addressed through various strategies, such as behavior modification and pharmaceutical intervention.[2] Individuals should maintain a healthy lifestyle and be screened regularly to prevent both conditions.

The prevalence of high blood pressure ranges from a low of 22.9 percent of adults in Utah to a high of 40.1 percent in Alabama. The national median is 30.8 percent of adults.



[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vital signs: prevalence, treatment, and control of hypertension—United States, 1999-2002 and 2005-2008. MMWR. 2011;60(4):103-8.

[2] Chobanian, AV. Seventh report of the joint national committee on prevention, detection, evaluation, and treatment of high blood pressure. Hypertension. 42.6 (2003):1206.