How hypertensive is New York City?
The New York metro area’s high blood pressure rate under new AHA/ACC guidelines is 60.3%, as measured by higi kiosks. This marks an increase of 28.4 percentage points from the old classification. (By comparison, the Philadelphia metro area jumped 28.2 points to 65.0%, and the nation as a whole jumped 28.8 points to 62.4%.) As shown in the map, the most hypertensive zip codes in New York City tend to be spread over both high and low income areas. Many high blood pressure zip codes are located north of Manhattan, south and east of Brooklyn, and in and around Newark. The greatest impact from the guidelines change was seen in higher income areas like downtown and midtown Manhattan, as well as more distant suburbs.
For a more in-depth analysis of the impact of the new guidelines on blood pressures across the country, check out our full analysis here