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—
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.
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.
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