(HealthDay News) — About 47% of individuals with hypertension do not have the condition under control, through either lifestyle changes or medications, according to a November data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
In 1999, more than 68% of patients did not have their blood pressure under control, the researchers found. However, the improvement is still far short of the federal Healthy People 2020 goal, which calls for fewer than 40% of patients to have uncontrolled hypertension by that date, according to the CDC researchers.
The overall rate of hypertension in the United States has remained constant, hovering between 28% and 29%, according to the new report. Among people aged older than 60 years, 2 in 3 have hypertension, and 1 in 3 people between the ages of 40 and 59 have the condition.
White patients are most likely to have their blood pressure under control (55.7%), the CDC report showed. Black (48.5% under control), Asian (43.5%), and Hispanic patients (47.4%) are all more likely to be living with uncontrolled hypertension.
- Yoon SS, Fryar CD, Carroll MD. NCHS Data Brief: Hypertension Prevalence and Control Among Adults: United States, 2011–2014. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db220.htm. Updated November 12, 2015. Accessed November 18, 2015.