Blood pressure, cholesterol go untreated in US

Feb 01, 2011

Many Americans with high cholesterol and high blood pressure are not getting treated, putting them at higher risk for heart attack or stroke, the US government said on Tuesday.

Two out of three adults with high cholesterol and half of adults with high did not have their health problems under control, the said in its latest Vital Signs report.

People without health insurance showed the lowest rates of control, the CDC said.

However, 80 percent of those with uncontrolled high blood pressure or cholesterol -- both risk factors for heart disease which kills 800,000 Americans per year -- had either public or private health coverage.

"Although we're making some progress, the United States is failing to prevent the leading cause of death -- cardiovascular disease -- despite the existence of low cost, highly effective treatments," said CDC director Thomas Frieden.

"We need to do a better job improving care and supporting patients to prevent avoidable illness, disability, and death."

The study examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which includes health and nutritional information from about 5,000 participants each year.

The United States spends 300 billion dollars a year on cardiovascular disease, or one in every six US dollars spent on health care, the CDC said.

One in three adults has , which should be less than 120 over 80 and requires management if it is more than 140 over 90, the CDC said.

One third of adults with blood pressure problems do not get treatment, the study found, and half do not have it under control.

Similarly, one third of adults have . Half of them do not get treatment and two thirds do not have their cholesterol under control.

The CDC says LDL cholesterol (or bad cholesterol) levels should be less than 160 for people without heart disease or diabetes; less than 130 for people with two or more other risk factors; and below 100 for people with or diabetes.

Explore further: Tooth loss linked to slowing mind and body

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

One in five U.S. teenagers has high cholesterol

Jan 25, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, has found that over 20% of teenagers in the U.S. have elevated cholesterol levels ...

CDC: High blood pressure awareness, treatment up

Oct 27, 2010

(AP) -- More American adults are aware they have high blood pressure, and more are taking medicine to try to control it, according to a new government report released Wednesday.

Recommended for you

The hunt for botanicals

6 hours ago

Herbal medicine can be a double-edged sword and should be more rigorously investigated for both its beneficial and harmful effects, say researchers writing in a special supplement of Science.

Mozambique decriminalises abortion to stem maternal deaths

8 hours ago

Mozambique has passed a law permitting women to terminate unwanted pregnancies under specified conditions without risking punishment, a move hailed by activists in a country where clandestine abortions account for a large ...

Infertility, surrogacy in India

8 hours ago

Infertility is a growing problem worldwide. A World Health Organization report estimates that 60-to-80 million couples worldwide currently suffer from infertility.

Tooth loss linked to slowing mind and body

20 hours ago

The memory and walking speeds of adults who have lost all of their teeth decline more rapidly than in those who still have some of their own teeth, finds new UCL research.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.