On April 5 the CDC reported that from 2005 to 2009, the prevalence of self-reported hypertension among U.S. adults increased from 25.8 to 28.3 percent. Among those with self-reported hypertension, use of antihypertensive medications increased from 61.1 to 62.6 percent. In 2009 the prevalence of self-reported hypertension was, in general, higher in southern states and lower in western states. The CDC concluded that public health officials should consider a coordinated and multifactorial approach to blood pressure control, including promotion of team-based care. The CDC noted that increasing awareness of hypertension, improving hypertension control, and encouraging adherence to evidence-based practices addressing hypertension are needed.
CDC data show that self-reported hypertension is on the rise
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