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Survey: One-third of Americans have high blood pressure

One-third of all U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to a story in the Huffington Post.

A report based on a 2009 survey found that the country’s overall rate of high blood pressure (also called hypertension) rose in nearly every state since 2005 – from 25.8 percent to 28.3 percent.

Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the story says.

The rates vary widely by state, from 35.9 percent in Mississippi to 20.9 percent in Minnesota. The percentage of adults with high blood pressure who are taking medication also varies widely, from 52.3 percent in California to 74.1 percent in Tennessee.

Some blood pressure medications have recently been the subject of concerns over health risks. For example, two clinical drug trials have prompted a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation into whether the blood pressure drug Benicar increases the risk of heart-related deaths. A recent Mayo Clinic report has also linked Benicar to stomach problems including chronic diarrhea, vomiting, intestinal inflammation and weight loss.

According to the story, the U.S. Centers for Disease control recommend the following steps for lowering blood pressure:

  • Eating healthy foods, especially those with potassium and fiber
  • Avoiding sodium
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Not smoking

You should consult with a doctor if you have any ongoing symptoms or health concerns, and before making any changes in medication. You should also consult with a lawyer if you have injuries connected with Benicar.

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