Uncontrolled Blood Pressure Is Sending People to Hospital

More people than ever are going to the hospital for high blood pressure. From 2002 to 2014, people who were hospitalized for a hypertensive crisis – when blood pressure increases so much, it can cause a heart attack or stroke – more than doubled.

This increase in hospitalizations is in contrast to research that has reported overall progress in blood pressure control and a decline in related cardiovascular events in the US.


Even though more people have been able to manage their blood pressure, this improvement has not translated into fewer hospitalizations for intensive crises. Researchers believe there could be various explanations for why this growing number of people are becoming hospitalized for high blood pressure. They believe it could be due to an increasing number of people who cannot afford medications to control their hypertension, or their blood pressure is rising after taking inadequate doses of these drugs.

Socioeconomic factors could also make it difficult for people to avoid lifestyle behaviors that can contribute to hypertension. These behaviors include consuming a high salt diet, inactivity, smoking, and more. They also may have limited access to healthcare, financial insecurity, or work and family demands.

To find this information, researchers investigated data from the National Inpatient Sample, which included a subset of all hospitalizations across the US, providing information from nationwide trends.

It was found that annual hospitalizations for hypertensive crisis more than doubled over a 13 year period. However, the risk of dying from a hypertensive crisis was slightly decreased overall during the studied time period. Women and men died at the same rate, even though women had fewer health issues compared to men who were hospitalized for a hypertensive crisis.


More research is needed to understand why the rise in hospitalizations is happening and how clinicians can help patients stay out of the hospital. 

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.