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High Blood Pressure
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High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and kidney disease.  You can maintain healthy blood pressure by changing your lifestyle or combining lifestyle changes with prescribed medications.

Key lifestyle changes include the following—

  • Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
  • Maintain a normal body weight (body mass index (BMI) of 18.5–24.9; BMI is  kilograms divided by height in meters squared). Click here to calculate your BMI.
  • Take at least 1 brisk 10-minute walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week.
  • Follow a healthy eating plan of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low in sodium.
  • Quit smoking.
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation (no more than 2 drinks per day for men and no more than 1 drink per day for women).
  • If you have high blood pressure and are prescribed medication(s), take as directed.

The incidence of high blood pressure in the United States has continued to rise steadily through the years. High blood pressure increases the risk of other serious health issues including heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. Currently, about one in every three Americans suffers from high blood pressure.

Data are self-reported by respondents to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Resources for heart and vascular diseases are at National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as well as at the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, CDC.

USA High Blood Pressure (1996-2013) see more
  • Adults who have been told they have high blood pressure by a healthcare professional.
  • Adults who have been told they have high blood pressure by a healthcare professional. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

The measures tracked by America's Health Rankings are those actions that can affect the future health of the population. For a state to improve the health of its population, efforts must focus on these measures, these determinants of health.

STATE RANKINGS

State Changes
Over Time
Rank Value Take Action
Alabama graph 48 37.2 View Actions
Alaska graph 8 26.4 View Actions
Arizona graph 9 26.5 View Actions
Arkansas graph 45 34.4 View Actions
California graph 4 25.6 View Actions
Colorado graph 2 22.3 View Actions
Connecticut graph 13 27.1 View Actions
Delaware graph 35 30.7 View Actions
Florida graph 36 30.9 View Actions
Georgia graph 37 31.2 View Actions
Hawaii graph 33 30.2 View Actions
Idaho graph 6 25.8 View Actions
Illinois graph 26 28.8 View Actions
Indiana graph 38 31.3 View Actions
Iowa graph 20 28.0 View Actions
Kansas graph 24 28.6 View Actions
Kentucky graph 47 36.3 View Actions
Louisiana graph 46 35.6 View Actions
Maine graph 31 30.0 View Actions
Maryland graph 28 29.4 View Actions
Massachusetts graph 5 25.7 View Actions
Michigan graph 29 29.7 View Actions
Minnesota graph 1 21.5 View Actions
Mississippi graph 49 37.4 View Actions
Missouri graph 34 30.6 View Actions
Montana graph 18 27.7 View Actions
Nebraska graph 13 27.1 View Actions
Nevada graph 17 27.5 View Actions
New Hampshire graph 24 28.6 View Actions
New Jersey graph 22 28.1 View Actions
New Mexico graph 10 26.6 View Actions
New York graph 23 28.5 View Actions
North Carolina graph 40 31.5 View Actions
North Dakota graph 11 26.7 View Actions
Ohio graph 41 31.7 View Actions
Oklahoma graph 44 34.3 View Actions
Oregon graph 13 27.1 View Actions
Pennsylvania graph 39 31.4 View Actions
Rhode Island graph 32 30.1 View Actions
South Carolina graph 42 32.6 View Actions
South Dakota graph 30 29.9 View Actions
Tennessee graph 42 32.6 View Actions
Texas graph 27 29.1 View Actions
Utah graph 3 23.0 View Actions
Vermont graph 12 27.0 View Actions
Virginia graph 16 27.4 View Actions
Washington graph 20 28.0 View Actions
West Virginia graph 50 37.6 View Actions
Wisconsin graph 18 27.7 View Actions
Wyoming graph 7 26.1 View Actions
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