The Cardiology Association of America warned Monday that Americans are “unusually susceptible to the emergence of hypertension” because of changes in the American diet, lifestyle, and lifestyle habits that are changing the composition of blood pressure.
The association’s statement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of Americans with hypertension rose from 6.7 million in 2010 to 6.9 million in 2013.
In the first nine months of this year, about 7.3 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with hypertension, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to the CDC.
It is unclear how many Americans are using blood pressure medications to manage their hypertension.
The CDC estimated in February that about 1.3 percent of Americans have hypertension, with about 2 percent of those in that group experiencing a serious cardiovascular complication.