What is the prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure) in the US?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Hypertension is the most common primary diagnosis in the United States. [3]  It affects approximately 86 million adults (≥20 years) in the United States [4]  and is a major risk factor for stroke, myocardial infarction, vascular disease, and chronic kidney disease. See the image below.

Hypertension. Anteroposterior x-ray from a 28-year Hypertension. Anteroposterior x-ray from a 28-year old woman who presented with congestive heart failure secondary to her chronic hypertension, or high blood pressure. The enlarged cardiac silhouette on this image is due to congestive heart failure due to the effects of chronic high blood pressure on the left ventricle. The heart then becomes enlarged, and fluid accumulates in the lungs, known as pulmonary congestion.

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