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CDC releases data on hypertension

The National Center for Health Statistics has released data on hypertension awareness, treatment and control. The data, from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, shows that 29 percent of adults had hypertension and that there are various age, gender, and race/ethnic disparities in hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment and control.

Despite recent advances in medical treatment of hypertension and public health campaigns to reduce the prevalence of hypertension, this condition remains a significant public health problem in the United States. Information about awareness of hypertension, treatment, and control of BP among those with the disease provide a basis for targeting public health efforts to reduce blood pressure levels and the prevalence of hypertension.