One in three U.S. adults—an estimated 68 million—has high blood pressure. Blood pressure usually rises with age. About 65 percent of Americans age 60 or older have high blood pressure, which increases risk for heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death.
Most of the time, there are no symptoms. For most people, high blood pressure is found when they visit their healthcare provider or have it checked through other screenings. Because there are no symptoms, people can develop heart disease and kidney problems without knowing they have high blood pressure. Following a healthy lifestyle helps some people delay or prevent this rise in blood pressure.