Updated September 2021: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. During the pandemic, 64 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations could be attributed to hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and heart failure. People who are overweight also are more likely to have hypertension. The most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) finds that 10 of the 13 states with the highest rates of hypertension are in the South. West Virginia has the highest rate at 43.8%.
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