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High Blood Pressure Dataenvironmental public health tracking

Purpose

To provide ongoing surveillance on the burden and distribution of high blood pressure in Rhode Island.

Key Information

Self-reported information on high blood pressure risk factors and healthcare access.

Rhode Island Numbers 2019

  • One in three RI adults (281,100 people) has diagnosed high blood pressure (hypertension), but some are at higher risk than others.
  • 36.6% of RI adults do not check their blood pressure as recommended by a healthcare professional and 22% do not take their blood pressure medications.
  • High blood pressure is widespread across demographic categories, but risk increases with age, unhealthy weight, and limited social/economic resources.

By Age

By Body Mass Index (BMI) Category

By Federal Poverty Level (FPL)*

Income as percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)*

Percent of adults with known hypertension

>=400%

28.4%

200-399%

36.2%

Below 200%

36.7%

* In 2019, the FPL=$12,490 for one person and $25,750 for a family of 4.