MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new study shows Minnesotans need to watch their blood pressure.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly one in three Americans, or 67 million people, has high blood pressure. About half of those people do not have the condition under control.

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In Minnesota, another recent study showed a quarter of adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and about three-quarters of those people are treated adequately.

Researchers say it’s key that people know their blood pressure numbers and seek treatment to avoid strokes and heart attacks.

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High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death in Minnesota and the country.