High blood pressure, defined as a repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg -- a systolic pressure above 140 with a diastolic pressure above 90.

Chronic hypertension is a "silent" condition. Stealthy as a cat, it can cause blood vessel changes in the back of the eye (retina), abnormal thickening of the heart muscle, kidney failure, and brain damage.

For diagnosis, there is no substitute for measurement of blood pressure. Not having your blood pressure checked (or checking it yourself) is an invitation to hypertension.

No specific cause for hypertension is found in 95% of cases.

Hypertension is treated with regular aerobic exercise, weight reduction (if overweight), salt restriction, and medications.

(Information supplied by MedicineNet.com: http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=3846 on 3/11/2010)

Performance Key

within the top 10% in nation at or better than national average below national average NA = Data is not applicable
Report Columns
Proportion with blood pressure under control % % % % % % % % % %    %  %  
January '08 - December '08 71 85 73 NA 87 62 31 53 NA 0    65  70  75  

Data Last Updated: NA
Page Last Updated: March 24, 2010

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