Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition that is commonly seen in people who are affected by excess weight or obesity. The risk of high blood pressure is greatest in those with upper body and abdominal obesity.
High blood pressure costs the Nation $47.5 billion each year.
For people younger than 45 years of age, high blood pressure affects more men than women.
For people 65 years and older, high blood pressure affects more women than men.
African Americans develop high blood pressure more often, and at an earlier age, than Caucasians and Hispanics do.
More African American women than men have high blood pressure.
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