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High blood pressure was the most common condition for which women sought treatment in 2006

Research Activities, June 2009, No. 346

Approximately 25 million women in the United States—most over the age of 45—were treated for high blood pressure in 2006, making it the most common condition for which women sought treatment, according to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The other most common diseases for which women sought treatment in 2006 by age group, included:

  • Women age 65 and older: hyperlipidemia, fat build-up in the blood (7.1 million); osteoarthritis (5.9 million); heart disease (5.7 million); and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma (5.5 million).
  • Women ages 45 to 64: depression and other mental disorders (8.3 million); chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma (8.2 million); hyperlipidemia (6.5 million); and osteoarthritis (5.8 million).
  • Women ages 30 to 44: depression and other mental disorders (5 million); chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma (4.8 million); female genital disorders (4.2 million); and acute bronchitis (4 million).

AHRQ's data include treatment in doctors' offices and hospital outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, hospitals, and by home health care providers. The data are taken from the 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a detailed source of information on the health services used by Americans, the frequency and cost of use, and sources of payment. For more information, go to the MEPS Web site at http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/.

Current as of June 2009
Internet Citation: High blood pressure was the most common condition for which women sought treatment in 2006: Research Activities, June 2009, No. 346. June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/jun09/0609RA44.html