High Blood Pressure
- 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)
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. Hypertension and high cholesterol are modifiable risk factors that can be addressed through various strategies, such as behavior modification and pharmaceutical intervention. 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.
 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.
 Chobanian, AV. Seventh report of the joint national committee on prevention, detection, evaluation, and treatment of high blood pressure. Hypertension. 42.6 (2003):1206.