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HEALTH STATUS - Hypertension
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Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the most common chronic conditions. The self-reported prevalence of hypertension in 2011 was 28.7 percent of the adult population in Hawai'i. This rate has gradually risen since 1991. The U.S. average follows a similar trend, with rates slightly higher than in Hawai'i.

Managing Hypertension: Hypertension is associated with heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure is also more common in older people. It is important to regularly visit a primary care provider in order to detect and treat hypertension. A number of studies have shown that lifestyle interventions can help prevent high blood pressure and its complications. These interventions include increasing the level of physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting the consumption of alcohol to moderate levels, reducing sodium intake, and eating a reduced-fat diet high in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods.1


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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Health Promotion and Education Office, Hawaii's Health Risk Behaviors.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Surveillance Summaries, MMWR.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Note: Respondents who have been told by a health professional that they have high blood pressure. U.S. figures are the medians of the states' means. No data for even years starting from 1994.