Quick Facts High Blood Pressure in Minnesota

Quick Facts
High Blood Pressure in Minnesota

How common is high blood pressure?

  • In 2013, almost 27% of Minnesota adults reported having high blood pressure, lower than all but two other states. This is more than 1.1 million people 1
  • In 2012, hypertensive heart disease (caused by high blood pressure) was listed as the underlying or contributing cause of death for 6,764 Minnesotans, representing almost 17% of all deaths. 2

Are there disparities in high blood pressure rates in Minnesota?

  • In Minnesota, 29% 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 (33% vs. 20%). 1

What are the economic costs of high blood pressure?

In the United States, Americans incur over $46.4 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 2013, approximately 77% (more than 850,000 people) reported that they were taking medications prescribed to reduce their blood pressure.
  • In 2012, 75% 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. 4

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.


1 Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
2 CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, Multiple Cause of Death File on CDC WONDER Online Database
3 Mozaffarian D, et al. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2015 Update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2015;131:e1-e294.
4 Minnesota Community Measurement 2013 Health Care Quality Report. Online at http://mncm.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2013-HCQR-Final-2.4.2014.pdf