Michigan Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Indicators:
High Blood Pressure Medications


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Indicator:  Adults who reported that they are taking medication(s) for their high blood pressure

What it measures:  Percent of adults who reported that they have ever been told by a doctor that they have high blood pressure and are currently taking medication(s) to treat it

Why it is important:  High blood pressure (also called hypertension) has been referred to as the "silent killer," due to its lack of symptoms and warning signs. It is one of the nation's leading causes of death and is responsible for nearly one in six adult deaths every year.

The higher one's blood pressure, the greater the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. In fact, high blood pressure is the number one modifiable risk factor for both stroke and congestive heart failure. Controlling high blood pressure with medications and/or lifestyle modifications can reduce a person's risk of stroke by 40 percent and risk of heart attack by 27 percent.

(Sources:  Impact of Heart Disease and Stroke in Michigan;  2013 Michigan CVD Fact Sheet;  High Blood Pressure Among Michigan Adults)

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