Uncontrolled hypertension is "public health enemy No. 2," CDC warns

09/4/2012 | InternalMedicineNews.com

More than 50% of the 66.9 million adults in the U.S. with hypertension do not have it in control, which translates to $131 billion in costs and 1,000 deaths per day, according to the CDC. Along with better diagnosis and treatment, more education and counseling of patients about healthy lifestyle choices are needed, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said. Uncontrolled hypertension is second only to smoking in terms of deaths that could be prevented, he said.

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