Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults who were ever advised by a doctor or other health professional to exercise to lower their high blood pressure (HYPEXERADV), HYPEXERFOL reports responses to the follow-up question, "Did you ever follow this advice?"
Only sample adults who were ever told that they had high blood pressure (except only during pregnancy) (HYPERTENEV and HYPPREG) were asked about medical advice they had received about lowering their blood pressure. Those who acknowledged ever following such advice to exercise to lower their high blood pressure were also asked whether they were currently following such advice (HYPEXERNOW).
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:
- 1985; 1990: Sample persons age 18+ who were ever told they had high blood pressure not related to pregnancy and who were ever told by a doctor to exercise because of their 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) and have ever been told to exercise because of high blood pressure.
- 1985, 1990, 1998, 2003, 2008
- 1985, 1990, 1998, 2003, 2008 : SAMPWEIGHT