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Cardiovascular Disease - High Blood Pressure by Year, New Jersey, 2011 to 2021

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Why Is This Important?

High blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (i.e., heart attack, heart failure, or stroke) and kidney failure. For adults who have high blood pressure, controlling it through lifestyle modifications (i.e., diet and exercise) as well as medications can help reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease or kidney failure.


Estimated percentage of New Jersey adults (age 18 and over) who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they have high blood pressure. The high blood pressure question is administered only in odd-numbered years. All prevalence estimates are age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population (except for rates by age group).

Data Notes

  • Data have been age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.
  • No data were collected in 2019.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System who have ever been told they have high blood pressure by a health professional.
  • Denominator:

    Number of survey respondents excluding those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure," and "Refused" responses.

Data Issues

Data from the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey are intended to be representative of all non-institutionalized adult residents of New Jersey. Due to resource issues, however, adults with limited personal access to phone service or limited command of either English or Spanish are not represented. As with all surveys, also, some error results from nonresponse (e.g., refusal to participate in the survey or to answer specific questions), and faulty measurement (e.g., responses affected by social desirability or recall error). Data collection procedures intended to minimize such errors include the use of strict calling protocols, good questionnaire design, standardization of interviewer behavior, interviewer training, and frequent, on-site interviewer monitoring and supervision. Statistical weighting procedures are also used to minimize the potential impact of disproportionate representation of demographic subgroups defined in terms of age, sex, race, ethnicity, education level, marital status, home ownership, and county of residence. (See also [[a href="query/BRFSSQueryTechNotes.html" Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Data Description and Technical Notes]].)

Related Health Objectives and Indicators

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Indicator Data Last Updated On 06/20/2023, Published on 02/07/2024
Chronic Disease Program, Division of Community Health, New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton, NJ 08625 (