http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm

  • 31% (or one in every three) Americans have high blood pressure.
  • Approximately 70% of people who have a first heart attack, a first stroke, or who have chronic heart failure have high blood pressure.
  • High blood pressure is a major risk factor for kidney disease.
  • More than 348,000 American deaths in 2009 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause.
  • High blood pressure costs the nation $47.5 billion annually in direct medical expenses and$3.5 billion each year in lost productivity.
  • Slightly less than half of the people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. (Which obviously means more than half do not!)
  • Almost 30% of American adults have prehypertension—blood pressure that is higher than normal, but not yet in the high blood pressure range.
  • Having prehypertension increases your chances of developing hypertension.
  • Reducing sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day may reduce cases of high blood pressure by 11 million and save 18 billion health care dollars annually.