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HHS HealthBeat (January 15, 2014)

Stable high blood pressure

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers have called the Southeast the Stroke Belt, and high blood pressure is one factor that keeps stroke risk high. At Vanderbilt University, researcher Uche Sampson says high blood pressure is a continuing problem. He analyzed data on over 69,000 men and women in one long-running database:

“More than half of the population we looked at reported having a history of high blood pressure.”

Sampson says these rates are similar to historical rates, and he says that’s very worrying – as is the number of people with uncontrolled high blood pressure or those who did not know they had high blood pressure.

Weight was a factor in Sampson’s study – the likelihood of high blood pressure rose as weight  did.

The study in the journal Circulation was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: January 15, 2014