A study said one third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure‚ but in the southeastern part of the country the rate is well over half.

The study team reports the Southeast has been called the Stroke Belt because of well-known high rates of cardiovascular disease‚ including high blood pressure.

A physician said the number of people who do not know that they have high blood pressure is the same.

The researchers point out high blood pressure is an established cause of death from cardiovascular disease and accounts for up to 7.5 million deaths worldwide each year.

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