High blood pressure (hypertension) is a frequent health problem, with approximately 46% of adults in the U.S. living with it. Hypertension also becomes more common as we age. In the US, 76% of adults 65-74 years old and 82% in adults 75 years and older have hypertension. According to a national survey, of those with hypertension, only 47% of them are in good control of the condition. Untreated hypertension increases the strain on the heart and arteries, causing damage to both. It also increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney failure.
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