Quick Facts High Blood Pressure in Minnesota

Quick Facts
High Blood Pressure in Minnesota

How common is high blood pressure?

  • In 2015, approximately 24% of Minnesota adults reported having high blood pressure, lower than any other state. This is more than 1.1 million people. 1
  • In 2015, hypertensive heart disease (caused by high blood pressure) was listed as the underlying or contributing cause of death for 7,955 Minnesotans, representing almost 19% of all deaths. 2

Are there disparities in high blood pressure rates in Minnesota?

  • In Minnesota, 26% of African Americans report high blood pressure, compared to 28% of whites, a smaller gap than for the US as a whole. 1
  • Individuals with no formal education after a high school diploma report much higher rates of high blood pressure than those with at least a college degree (31% vs. 22%). 1

What are the economic costs of high blood pressure?

In the United States, Americans incur over $47.3 billion in medical costs related to hypertension annually. 3

How well is high blood pressure being controlled?

  • Of Minnesota adults with high blood pressure in 2015, approximately 79% (more than 875,000 people) reported that they were taking medications prescribed to reduce their blood pressure.1 
  • In 2014, about one in four adults were not taking their blood pressure medication according to doctor’s orders. The vast majority of blood pressure medications come from two classes: 1) ACE Inhibitors and ARBs, or 2) diuretics. For all adults, non-adherence to ACE Inhibitors or ARBs was 24% and diuretics was 28%. Among younger adults (18-44 years old), nearly half were non-adherent.4
  • In 2016, 78% of Minnesotans aged 18-85 in managed care plans who received a diagnosis of hypertension had their blood pressure adequately controlled to 140/90 mm Hg or lower within one year after the diagnosis. 5

Health information on high blood pressure and its risk factors

Health information on high blood pressure prevention and control

For more information, contact: Jim Peacock (651) 201-5405.


1Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
2 CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, Multiple Cause of Death File on CDC WONDER Online Database
3 Benjamin EJ, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2017 Update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017.
4MDH/Cardiovascular Health Unit analysis of Minnesota All Payer Claims Database (MN APCD). 1 May 2018. More information about the MN APCD available at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/healthreform/allpayer/
5Minnesota Community Measurement 2017 Health Care Quality Report. Online at http://mncm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2017-Health-Care-Quality-Report-Final-3.30.2018.pdf