Tuesday, August 29, 2017



high blood pressure is the most common disease.
58% older adults have it. 65+


The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent from 15 percent.


About 70 percent of adults over the age of 65 in the U.S. have high blood pressure, and only about half have their condition under control (defined as blood pressure under 140/90 mmHg). About one in six people with hypertension over 65 are unaware they have the condition, and one in 4 are not receiving treatment.

 In the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, nearly half of hypertensive patients in the community-based sample were found to be taking no prescription medication, and only one quarter of those who were being treated had their blood pressure adequately controlled.

In the United States, the estimated direct and indirect costs of nonadherence totaled $337 billion in 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available. With total healthcare spending in the United States averaging $9,255 per person in 2013, about one dollar of every nine spent was wasted because patients didn’t take their medicines as directed.


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