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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: Louisiana

Louisiana High Blood Pressure (1996-2014) see more
  • Adults who have been told they have high blood pressure by a healthcare professional.
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United States High Blood Pressure (1996-2014) see more
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  • Percentage of adults who have been told by a health professional they have high blood pressure. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)
Ranking Value State
1 24.2 Utah
2 26.3 Colorado
3 27 Minnesota
4 28.5 Hawaii
5 28.7 California
5 28.7 Wyoming
7 29.3 Montana
8 29.4 Idaho
8 29.4 Massachusetts
10 29.5 New Mexico
11 29.7 North Dakota
12 29.8 Alaska
13 30.1 Illinois
13 30.1 New Hampshire
15 30.3 Nebraska
16 30.4 Washington
17 30.6 Nevada
18 30.7 Arizona
18 30.7 South Dakota
20 31.1 New Jersey
20 31.1 Vermont
22 31.2 Texas
23 31.3 Connecticut
23 31.3 Kansas
25 31.4 Iowa
26 31.5 New York
27 31.8 Oregon
28 32 Missouri
29 32.3 Wisconsin
30 32.5 Virginia
31 32.8 Maryland
32 33.3 Maine
33 33.5 Indiana
33 33.5 Ohio
35 33.7 Pennsylvania
36 33.8 Rhode Island
37 34.6 Florida
37 34.6 Michigan
39 35 Georgia
40 35.5 North Carolina
41 35.6 Delaware
42 37.5 Oklahoma
43 38.4 South Carolina
44 38.7 Arkansas
45 38.8 Tennessee
46 39.1 Kentucky
47 39.8 Louisiana
48 40.2 Mississippi
49 40.3 Alabama
50 41 West Virginia

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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 2013 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).

The prevalence of high blood pressure ranges from a low of 24.2% of adults in Utah to a high of 41.0% in West Virginia. The national median is 31.4% of adults.

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.


[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.