Control Your Blood Pressure

Change Lives By Controlling Blood Pressure in Your Communities

Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The prevalence of high blood pressure among Black people in the United States is among the highest in the world, at about 55%. Many don't even know they have it or how to get it under control properly.

Who has high blood pressure?

  • About 55% of African American adults.
  • 44.7% of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
  • Hispanics: more men than women, although incidences vary by Hispanic/Latino backgrounds, with the highest incidences among those of Caribbean background.
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives, especially those with diabetes mellitus.

*Data for this population is from 2017 and may not reflect the current prevalence.

African Americans in the U.S. have a higher prevalence of high blood pressure than other racial and ethnic groups. It is also often more severe in Black people, and some high blood pressure medications are less effective in treating Black people. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms; that’s why it’s called the “silent killer.” The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have your health care professional check it regularly.

EmPOWERED to Serve™ Health Lesson: Control Your Blood Pressure | Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, and almost half of them do not have it under control. In fact, many aren’t even aware that they have high blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure damages the arteries, heart and other organs. It can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Be EmPOWERED with Blood Pressure Control

You can manage your blood pressure and keep it in check by:
  • Not smoking, vaping or using tobacco products.
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet.
  • Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Getting regular physical activity.
  • Limiting your sodium (salt) intake.
  • Limiting your alcohol intake.
  • Taking your medications properly.

Even small changes will make a big difference.

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