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High Blood Pressure Prevalence

This indicator shows the percentage of adults who have been told they have high blood pressure. Normal blood pressure should be less than 120/80 mm Hg for an adult. Blood pressure above this level (140/90 mm Hg or higher) is considered high (hypertension).

High Blood Pressure Prevalence

28.2
32.1
Comparison: CA Counties 

27.9

percent
Measurement Period: 2011-2012

County: Mendocino

Categories: Health / Heart Disease & Stroke, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 44 California counties and county groups.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: September 2013
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Why is this important?

High blood pressure is the number one modifiable risk factor for stroke. In addition to stroke, high blood pressure also contributes to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, and atherosclerosis. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. In the United States, one in three adults has high blood pressure, and nearly one-third of these people are not aware that they have it. Because there are no symptoms associated with high blood pressure, it is often called the "silent killer." The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. High blood pressure can occur in people of any age or sex; however, it is more common among those over age 35. It is particularly prevalent in African Americans, older adults, obese people, heavy drinkers, and women taking birth control pills. Blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes including eating a heart-healthy diet, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco, controlling your weight, and staying physically active.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of adults aged 18 years and older with high blood pressure to 26.9%.

High Blood Pressure Prevalence : Time Series

2007: 37.1 2009: 27.6 2011-2012: 27.9

percent

High Blood Pressure Prevalence by Age

18-24: 9.1 25-44: 5.2 45-64: 35.8 65+: 54.2 Overall: 27.9

percent

* Value may be statistically unstable and should be interpreted with caution.

High Blood Pressure Prevalence by Gender

Female: 29.1 Male: 26.7 Overall: 27.9

percent

High Blood Pressure Prevalence by Race/Ethnicity

Latino: 19.1 White: 31.2 Overall: 27.9

percent

* Value may be statistically unstable and should be interpreted with caution.

High Blood Pressure Prevalence

Comparison: Prior Value 

27.9

percent
Measurement Period: 2011-2012

County: Mendocino

Categories: Health / Heart Disease & Stroke, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: September 2013

Why is this important?

High blood pressure is the number one modifiable risk factor for stroke. In addition to stroke, high blood pressure also contributes to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, and atherosclerosis. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. In the United States, one in three adults has high blood pressure, and nearly one-third of these people are not aware that they have it. Because there are no symptoms associated with high blood pressure, it is often called the "silent killer." The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. High blood pressure can occur in people of any age or sex; however, it is more common among those over age 35. It is particularly prevalent in African Americans, older adults, obese people, heavy drinkers, and women taking birth control pills. Blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes including eating a heart-healthy diet, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco, controlling your weight, and staying physically active.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of adults aged 18 years and older with high blood pressure to 26.9%.

High Blood Pressure Prevalence : Time Series

2007: 37.1 2009: 27.6 2011-2012: 27.9

percent

High Blood Pressure Prevalence by Age

18-24: 9.1 25-44: 5.2 45-64: 35.8 65+: 54.2 Overall: 27.9

percent

* Value may be statistically unstable and should be interpreted with caution.

High Blood Pressure Prevalence by Gender

Female: 29.1 Male: 26.7 Overall: 27.9

percent

High Blood Pressure Prevalence by Race/Ethnicity

Latino: 19.1 White: 31.2 Overall: 27.9

percent

* Value may be statistically unstable and should be interpreted with caution.

High Blood Pressure Prevalence

Target Not Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

27.9

percent
Measurement Period: 2011-2012

County: Mendocino

Healthy People 2020 Target: 26.9 percent
Categories: Health / Heart Disease & Stroke, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: September 2013

Why is this important?

High blood pressure is the number one modifiable risk factor for stroke. In addition to stroke, high blood pressure also contributes to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, and atherosclerosis. The higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. In the United States, one in three adults has high blood pressure, and nearly one-third of these people are not aware that they have it. Because there are no symptoms associated with high blood pressure, it is often called the "silent killer." The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked. High blood pressure can occur in people of any age or sex; however, it is more common among those over age 35. It is particularly prevalent in African Americans, older adults, obese people, heavy drinkers, and women taking birth control pills. Blood pressure can be controlled through lifestyle changes including eating a heart-healthy diet, limiting alcohol, avoiding tobacco, controlling your weight, and staying physically active.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of adults aged 18 years and older with high blood pressure to 26.9%.

High Blood Pressure Prevalence : Time Series

2007: 37.1 2009: 27.6 2011-2012: 27.9

percent

High Blood Pressure Prevalence by Age

18-24: 9.1 25-44: 5.2 45-64: 35.8 65+: 54.2 Overall: 27.9

percent

* Value may be statistically unstable and should be interpreted with caution.

High Blood Pressure Prevalence by Gender

Female: 29.1 Male: 26.7 Overall: 27.9

percent

High Blood Pressure Prevalence by Race/Ethnicity

Latino: 19.1 White: 31.2 Overall: 27.9

percent

* Value may be statistically unstable and should be interpreted with caution.