High Blood Pressure

Definition: Percent of adults ever told by a doctor or health care professional that they have high blood pressure.

Importance
High blood pressure is the No. 1 modifiable risk factor for stroke. In addition to stroke, high blood pressure also contributes to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, and atherosclerosis. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. In the United States, 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure, and nearly 1/3 of these people are not aware that they have it.

Where We Are
In 2013, 18.5% of adults in Douglas County reported having high blood pressure. The percent in Douglas County was lower than the State of Kansas and the U.S. in 2013.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County in 2013: Those individuals age 45 and older were more likely to have high blood pressure.

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Reduce the proportion of adults aged 18 years and older with high blood pressure to 26.9%.

Additional Information
Blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes including eating a heart-healthy diet, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco, controlling your weight and staying physically active.
High Blood Pressure Trend Analysis
High Blood Pressure Disparity Analysis