ABC World News (5/25, story 6, 0:25, Sawyer) reported that research published online in Epidemiology indicates that nearly one-fifth "of Americans who are 24 to 32 years old have high blood pressure."
USA Today (5/26, Marcus) reports, "For the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, dubbed Add Health, funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill asked 14,000 men and women between the ages of 24 and 32 about their high blood pressure history and then took blood pressure readings of participants." The investigators "found that 19% of participants had high blood pressure." These "findings...are significantly higher than other recent research from another large, ongoing health study, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which found only 4% of adults 20 to 39 have high blood pressure."
The CNN (5/25) "The Chart" blog reported that lead study author Kathleen Mullan Harris said that "among those measured with high blood pressure, only 25% had been told previously that they had high blood pressure." Also covering the story were the Raleigh News & Observer (5/26, Price), Reuters (5/26, Steenhuysen), WebMD (5/25, Mann), HealthDay (5/25, Dallas), and MedPage Today (5/25, Neale).
POSTED BY STEVEN ALMANY, MD