A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone thats mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.
The American Heart Association said today that more than 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease in 2016. Taking out those with only high blood pressure leaves 24 million, or 9 percent of adults, who have other forms of disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries.
Measuring the burden of diseases shows areas that need to improve, the heart associations chief science and medical officer, Dr. Mariell Jessup, said.
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