February 9, 2011
According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 100 million Americans have either high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
The latest CDC study shows about one-third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, and nearly the same amount have high cholesterol; both are primary risk factors in heart disease.
Less than half of those with either condition are getting treatment or have their illness under control.
CDC director, Dr. Thomas Frieden says the leading preventable causes of death include high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The CDCs' just-released "Vital Signs" report urges a comprehensive approach to improve access to care and better preventive care.
The agency is working on initiatives to promote staying active, eating well, and maintaining a healthy weight.