Is hypertension (high blood pressure) more common in men or women?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Overall, hypertension affects US men and women nearly equally, affecting an estimated 40.8 million men and 44.9 million women.(See the image below.)

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