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Almost half of US adults have heart or blood vessels



FILE – In this photo of August 27, 2014, a portable computer monitors the patient's heart function when he takes a stress test while driving on a stationary bike.

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A new report estimates that nearly half of all adults in the US have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a health milestone that is mostly caused by recent guidelines that have widened the number of people with high blood pressure.

The American Heart Association reports that more than 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease in 2016. Disposing of individuals with high blood pressure leaves 24 million adults who have other forms of illness such as heart failure or clogged arteries.

High blood pressure is now considered reading above 130 over 80. It increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and many other problems. Only half of patients with this condition are under control.


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