Fewer than 25 Percent With Hypertension Treat it Correctly

According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 66.9 million Americans suffer from hypertension, a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease that can lead to morbidity or mortality.

Of this population, 35.8 million do not have their hypertension controlled, 14.1 million are unaware they have hypertension, and 5.7 million were aware of their diagnosis but not receiving treatment, while only 16 million were aware and receiving pharmacologic treatment.

Nearly 90 percent of American adults with hypertension have a healthcare provider and insurance, so it is believed that improved hypertension control across the board will require increased focus on blood pressure from individuals, clinicians, and healthcare systems.