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How many American adults have high blood pressure?

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About 1 in every 4 American adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. It’s a major risk factor for heart and kidney diseases, stroke, and heart failure. High blood pressure is especially dangerous you often don’t know you have it. So get your blood pressure checked. If it’s high, you can take steps to lower it. Just as important, if your blood pressure is normal, you can learn how to keep it from rising.

Sources:

American Heart Association: “Exercise and Fitness.”

American College of Sports Medicine/American Heart Association: “Physical Activity and Public Health: Updated Recommendation for Adults.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 6, 2019

Sources:

American Heart Association: “Exercise and Fitness.”

American College of Sports Medicine/American Heart Association: “Physical Activity and Public Health: Updated Recommendation for Adults.”

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 6, 2019

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