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65+: Hypertension

Definition: Percentage of people aged 65 and over who were ever told by a health professional they had high blood pressure, two- or three-year average

Notes: The data are from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS). Respondents were asked the question: "Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you have high blood pressure?" This question was asked every odd year of the survey, although some states chose to include it in other years. Percentage is a 2- or 3-year average, which helps to reduce the year-to-year fluctuation due to small numbers. Percentage is reported under the year at the midpoint of the 3-year period. National data is the median of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Sources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. (n.d.). Trends in health and aging, Hypertension by state, sex, race/Hispanic origin, and age, 1993-2003 (BRFSS).
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Center on the Family. (2006, May). Special tabulation using data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), by state, 1999-2003, as provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.

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