Millions of Americans Have Uncontrolled Blood Pressure

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CDC: More Than Half of 67 Million Americans With High Blood Pressure Don't Have it Under Control

Thirty-six million Americans have uncontrolled blood pressure, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released today. Altogether, the report shows, about 67 million American adults have high blood pressure, including 14 million who aren't even aware of their condition. "High blood pressure is public health enemy No. 2," behind tobacco, CDC director Thomas Frieden told USA Today. "There is nothing that will save more lives than getting blood pressure under control." People with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die of stroke and three times more likely to die of heart disease than people with normal blood pressure levels, Frieden told USA Today. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet, and being physically active will help keep blood pressure in check, advises the CDC, as well as not smoking.

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