The Importance of Blood Pressure Control


Despite efforts to decrease the prevalence of hypertension in the United States by increasing awareness, treatment and control, nearly 78 million or one in three Americans have high blood pressure

Especially alarming is that high blood pressure is increasing, even among children.  While high blood pressure is present in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, high blood pressure disproportionately affects African Americans.  In fact, African Americans have the highest prevalence of hypertension in the world. 
 
Hypertension is literally in the cross hairs of heart disease, heart failure and stroke.  Hypertension is an independent risk factor for heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure and is present in 69% of those who present with a first heart attack, 77% in those treated for a first stroke, and in 74% of those with heart failure.  These numbers come at a cost of $131 billion in direct medical care and $25 billion in lost productivity annually.

To learn more about the American Heart Association's 2020 Goals, please watch this video featuring AHA's Nancy Brown.