Too Many Americans Have High Blood Pressure, Doctors Warn

Too Many Americans Have High Blood Pressure, Doctors Warn


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TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A group of family physicians warns that too many Americans struggle with high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack and heart failure, said Dr. John Meigs Jr., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Since February is National Heart Month, now is a good time for people to get their blood pressure under control and treated so they can avoid heart disease, Meigs said.

A 2016 survey by the AAFP and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 29 percent of Americans (75 million people) have high blood pressure, and only 54 percent have it under control.

“This finding is concerning because we know that high blood pressure and heart attacks or chronic heart failure