Hypertension Deaths Up, CDC Finds

The overall death rate from high blood pressure in the United States has increased 23% since 2000, even as the death rate from all other causes has dropped 21%, health officials reported.

The overall death rate from high blood pressure in the United States has increased 23% since 2000, even as the death rate from all other causes has dropped 21%, health officials reported Thursday.

That spike was seen in both genders and was most marked among those aged 45 to 64 and those over 85, according to a new report from the CDC.

"The age-adjusted deaths from high blood pressure went up, while the other causes of death went down," said report author Hsiang-Ching Kung, a statistician with CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

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