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Oct. 23: Survey: More Americans Have Hypertension Under Control

The NPR Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/23, Schultz) “Shots” blog reports that “the most recent results of an biennial survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a substantial increase in the number of Americans who have their hypertension, which is a big risk factor for cardiovascular disease, under control.” Altogether, “more than 47 percent of adults who had high blood pressure are effectively managing it compared with just 29 percent ten years ago.” Vicki Burt, one of the CDC statisticians who analyzed the survey results, told the blog, “We still have a lot of room for increasing the control rates. But this is optimistic improvement in the last decade.”

        HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (10/23) reports, “The study also found that the use of two or more drugs to control high blood pressure increased from 37 percent to 48 percent during that time, and that nearly two-thirds of patients on combination therapy had controlled blood pressure by 2010.”