High Blood Pressure Becoming More Common For Americans

October 14, 2008

A new study has found that blood pressure or hypertension is becoming more and more common among Americans.......Washington (ChattahBox) – A new study has found that blood pressure or hypertension is becoming more and more common among Americans.

Researchers led by Jeffrey A. Cutler from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute carried out their study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

They split up the data into two groups, looking at one group between1988 and 1994, and another group between 1999 and 2004.

Each group had around 15,000 participants, and all were over the age of 18.

In the older group, hyperttension prevalence was found to be 24.4%.  When they looked at the new group though, from 1999 to 2004, they found the prevalence increase to 28.9%.

Breaking it down a bit further by group, they found that the biggest spike was seen among non-Hispanic women.

So why has high blood pressure become so common?  Researchers believe a lot of it has to do with the fact that the obesity epidemic in the U.S. continues to get worse.


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