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Since 1999, more people with high blood pressure—especially those 60 years old or older—have become aware of their condition and gotten treatment. Unfortunately, about 1 of 5 U.S. adults with high blood pressure still do not know that they have it. 2; About 7 in 10 U.S. adults with high blood pressure use medications to treat the condition. 1.

INTRODUCTION. The global prevalence of hypertension is high, and among nonpregnant adults in the United States, treatment of hypertension is the most common reason for office visits and for the use of chronic prescription medications [].In addition, roughly half of hypertensive individuals do not have adequate blood pressure control.

Percent of adults aged 20 and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 33.2% (2015-2016) Source: Health, United States, 2017, .

Guidelines published last November redefined high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, as a reading of 130 on top or 80 on the bottom. The standard used to be 140 over 90. The percentage of U.S. adults with high blood pressure jumped from 32 percent under the old definition to nearly 46 percent.