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What is the rate of incidence of hypertension?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

About 30 percent of U.S. adults have hypertension. Another 25 percent have prehypertension, meaning that blood pressure is a little high but not yet high enough to be classified as hypertension. African-Americans are more likely than Caucasians or Hispanics to have hypertension. Women and men are about equally likely to have hypertension, but this varies by age. In addition, being obese doubles your risk of hypertension.

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