Nearly a third of US adults have high blood pressureBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7465.531-a (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:531
- Scott Gottlieb
- New York
Nearly a third of American adults have high blood pressure, putting them at greater risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and other problems, says a new government study. The rising incidence of obesity and an ageing population are being blamed.
The new figures are from census data and a 1999-2000 national health and nutrition examination survey, which included 4531 adults. The study estimates that 31.3% of Americans have high blood pressure, up from 28.9% in the previous national health report from 1988-94. That means that about 65 million American adults who now have …