Americans Fatter, Lazier, but Blood Pressure in Check

Getting hot can make your face red - and that goes for emotional "heat" as well as hot temperatures as measured on a thermometer. Anger can also cause labor breathing, fidgeting, and even pacing back and forth. Anger clearly effects the body as well as the mind. In fact, numerous studies have shown that angry people are more likely to have high blood pressure and to suffer a stroke or heart attack.
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Americans - not this guy - seem to be keeping their blood pressure in check. (istockphoto)

ATLANTA (CBS/AP) We eat too much salt, we eat too much fat and we don't exercise as much as we should, but according to a new government report our blood pressure is holding steady.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the proportion of adults who have high blood pressure has held steady at 30 percent for a decade, although the total number has ballooned from 59 to 66 million or more Americans. That's because the baby boom generation, which has more people than previous generations, is aging.

Americans also appear to be paying attention to the problem. People who have high blood pressure are increasingly aware of their condition and are taking their medicine, the report found.

High blood pressure -- or hypertension -- is often called the "silent killer" because it doesn't have symptoms, so many people don't know they have it, according to the CDC. It increases a person's chances for heart disease, stroke and other serious problems.

But it's easy to check for and usually can be controlled through exercise, diet and medicine.