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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.

LA 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
1996 - Louisiana graph 40 24.2 View Actions
1997 - Louisiana graph 40 24.2 View Actions
1998 - Louisiana graph 38 25.1 View Actions
1999 - Louisiana graph 38 25.1 View Actions
2000 - Louisiana graph 37 26.0 View Actions
2001 - Louisiana graph 37 26.0 View Actions
2002 - Louisiana graph 41 27.6 View Actions
2003 - Louisiana graph 41 27.6 View Actions
2004 - Louisiana graph 43 29.0 View Actions
2005 - Louisiana graph 43 29.0 View Actions
2006 - Louisiana graph 44 29.4 View Actions
2007 - Louisiana graph 44 29.4 View Actions
2008 - Louisiana graph 46 32.1 View Actions
2009 - Louisiana graph 46 32.1 View Actions
2010 - Louisiana graph 46 35.6 View Actions
2011 - Louisiana graph 46 35.6 View Actions
  • 1990 - 2013
    Annual Report
  • 2013
    Senior Report

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