More than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure, AHA says

New statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA) reveal that the number of Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes has increased. An estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, comprising nearly one-half of all adults in the United States.

New statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA) reveal that the number of Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes has increased. An estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, comprising nearly one-half of all adults in the United States. "With the aging of the population and increased life expectancy, the prevalence of high blood pressure is expected to continue to increase," said epidemiologist Paul Muntner, MD, co-chair of the group that wrote AHA's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2018 Update, published January 31 in Circulation.