Nearly half of U.S. adults have hypertension (high blood pressure), and only 24% of those diagnosed have it under control, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
High blood pressure is caused by factors such as genetics, lack of exercise, smoking, and poor diet, according to the latest research. Stress may temporarily raise blood pressure.
During the pandemic some patients had higher blood pressure, probably caused by people getting less exercise, eating poorly, drinking too much, and seeing their doctors less often, Axios reported.
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