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Patients With Undiagnosed Hypertension Hiding in Plain Sight

Hilary K. Wall, MPH1; Judy A. Hannan, RN, MPH1; Janet S. Wright, MD1
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1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA. 2014;312(19):1973-1974. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15388.
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This Viewpoint discusses the need to improve hypertension control to reduce preventable myocardial infarctions and strokes.

According to the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a nationally representative, cross-sectional survey of the noninstitutionalized US population that combines interviews and physical examinations, 1 of 3 US adults (estimated at approximately 71 million people) has high blood pressure and almost half of these individuals (48.2%) do not have their blood pressure under control.1 Closer examination of the population with uncontrolled blood pressure reveals that 36.2% (estimated at approximately 13 million people) are neither aware of their hypertension nor taking antihypertensive medications.1

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