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How common is treatment-resistant hypertension?

Imagine going through life with an extremely elevated blood pressure that cannot be controlled by medication, walking around for months and years with dangerously high risks of blindness, stroke, heart attack, or even heart failure.

More than 75 million American adults are living with hypertension, or nearly one in three adults, according to the CDC. Of that, up to 10 percent, or around seven million people, have treatment-resistant hypertension, where their blood pressure remains high (over 140/90 mmHg) despite treatment with at least three or more different types of blood pressure medications (including a diuretic).

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