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In the US, nearly half of all adults have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And rates are higher among non-Hispanic Black adults (56%) than non-Hispanic white adults (48%), non-Hispanic Asian adults (46%), and Hispanic adults (39%).
High blood pressure contributes to heart disease and strokes. Knowing how to take accurate blood pressure measurements at home can help you get the treatment you need to stay healthy.
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