Blood Pressure Treatment on Rise in Younger Adults

According to a new report from the CDC, although the percentage of Americans who have high blood pressure has remained steady over the past decade, the number of younger adults on medication for high blood pressure has significantly increased. Their numbers rose from 27.6 percent in 1999 to 2000 to 49.1 percent in 2007 to 2008.

Many doctors say they're unsurprised by the finding, given the other health problems that currently afflict younger adults.

ABC News reports:

“’With increasing obesity and diabetes in younger populations, clinicians may be more aggressive about recognizing risk factors for cardiovascular disease, like hypertension, and treating it,’ said Dr. Carol Horowitz ... [T]he CDC report found most people with high blood pressure have become more aware of the condition, which is something physicians say they've noticed in their own practices.”

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