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HYPMEDNOW
Now taking prescribed medicine to lower blood pressure

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Description

For adults who were diagnosed or treated for high blood pressure (or, in 1989, for adults with confirmed diabetes), HYPMEDNOW reports if the person is currently taking medicine prescribed by a doctor to lower blood pressure. Please see Comparability and Universe tabs for information on changes in universe between samples.

Comparability

Changes in universe somewhat limit comparability between samples. In most years, this question was asked of adults (ages 17 and older in 1974 and 1982; ages 18 and older in subsequent years) who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure other than during pregnancy, or who were ever prescribed medicine for high blood pressure, or (in 1989) with confirmed diabetes. See the Universe tab for information specific to each sample.

The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note.

Universe

  • 1974: Sample persons age 17+ who have ever been told by a doctor that they had high blood pressure or hypertension and who were ever prescribed medicine by a doctor for their high blood pressure or hypertension.
  • 1982: Persons age 17+ who have every been told by a doctor they had high blood pressure/hypertension.
  • 1985; 1990: Sample persons age 18+ who were ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension not related to pregnancy.
  • 1989: Persons age 18+ with confirmed diabetes.
  • 1991: Sample persons age 18+ who have ever been told they had high blood pressure or borderline high blood pressure (not related to pregnancy) or for whom it was unknown whether they had high blood pressure AND who were ever prescribed medication to lower blood pressure and ever took prescribed medicine.
  • 1993: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 3 and 4 (excluded from AIDS supplement) who have ever been told they had high blood pressure or borderline high blood pressure (not related to pregnancy) or for whom it was unknown whether they had high blood pressure AND who were ever prescribed medication to lower blood pressure.
  • 1994: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from AIDS supplement) who have ever been told they had high blood pressure or borderline high blood pressure (not related to pregnancy) or for whom it was unknown whether they had high blood pressure AND who were ever prescribed medication to lower blood pressure.
  • 1998; 2003: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever been told they had high blood pressure not related to pregnancy (or for whom it was unknown whether their pregnancy was pregnancy-related), and who were ever prescribed medication for their high blood pressure.
  • 1999: Sample adults age 18+ who were ever told they had high blood pressure, and who were ever prescribed medication for their high blood pressure.
  • 2008; 2015-2018: Sample adults 18+ who were ever prescribed medicine for high blood pressure.
  • 2019: Sample adults 18+ who were ever told they have hypertension (HYPERTENEV).

Availability

  • 1974, 1982, 1985, 1989-1991, 1993-1994, 1998-1999, 2003, 2008, 2015-2019

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