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Ever advised to exercise to lower high blood pressure

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For sample adults who were ever told that they had high blood pressure (except only during pregnancy) (HYPERTENEV and HYPPREG), HYPEXERADV indicates whether they had ever been advised by a doctor or other health professional to exercise, because of high blood pressure.

Those who gave an affirmative response to HYPEXERADV were further asked whether they had ever followed such advice to exercise to lower their blood pressure (HYPEXERFOL) and whether they were now following such advice (HYPEXERNOW).

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According to the 2003 Field Representative's Manual, these questions were part of a supplement on heart disease and stroke sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This supplement was "meant to assess whether a person has received advice from his or her doctor as to how to control high blood pressure, whether the person is currently following that advice, and whether that person has ever followed that advice."

Additional questions included in this supplement address receiving and following advice to make other behavioral changes to lower blood pressure, specifically:

Reducing alcohol consumption

Changing one's diet
Reducing salt intake
Taking prescription medication


There are no comparability problems for HYPEXERADV.


  • 1985; 1990: Sample persons age 18+ who were ever told they had high blood pressure not related to pregnancy.
  • 1994: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from AIDS supplement) who were ever told they had high blood pressure or borderline high blood pressure not related to pregnancy, or for whom it was unknown if they were ever told they had high blood pressure.
  • 1998; 2003; 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who were ever told they had high blood pressure not related to pregnancy (or for whom it was unknown whether their high blood pressure was pregnancy-related).


  • 1985, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2008