How common is primary high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is very common. In fact, it affects more than 65 million people in the United States alone and only about 70 percent of those people have actually been diagnosed. Of those who have high blood pressure, about 90 percent have primary high blood pressure easily making it the most common type of hypertension in the world. It is also more common in older people, African Americans and people who are obese.

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Clinically known as hypertension, high blood pressure can cause a host of problems if left untreated. The most common type of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure causes our hearts to work harder by forcing blood to push ag...

ainst the walls of our arteries at an elevated level. Hypertension is the leading cause of strokes and heart attack. It also increases your risk of having heart and kidney failure and hardening of the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis.

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