Hypertension in the United States

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Week 7 Discussion

PICOT Question

For the adults who suffer from hypertension in the United States (P), will the change of lifestyle (engaging in regular physical exercises and eating healthier and balanced meals) (I), compared to patients who use medication to treat their hypertension(C), help regulate their blood pressure more effectively (O), in a period 12 months (T)?

The Problem

Hypertension has been one of the main health issues of concern in the United States and across the world. It is imperative to note that as of April 2020, almost half of adults in the United States were suffering from hypertension. According to Ostchega et al. (2020), 47%, which is equivalent to 116 million, of all the adults in the United States have hypertension.

Another notable point is that only 1 in every 4 people suffering from hypertension had their conditions under control. Hypertension is one of the leading causes of death. In the year 2019, more than 500,000 deaths, which occurred in the United States, were associated with hypertension (Briggs et al., 2021).

In some cases, hypertension was the primary cause while in others; it was the secondary cause of death. When it comes to costs associated with the condition, Ostchega et al. (2020) noted that between the years 2003 and 2014, the average amount of money used to address the problem was $131 billion every year.

This indicates that large sums of funds are used to ensure that people who are suffering from hypertension are treated.


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