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How does high blood pressure affect African-Americans differently?

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African-Americans get high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, at younger ages than other groups in the U.S. And they're more likely to have complications including stroke, kidney disease, blindness, dementia, and heart disease.

From: High Blood Pressure in African-Americans WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours." Mayo Clinic: "How being black affects your blood pressure." National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure."  WebMD Medical Reference: "High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)," and "How adrenaline regulates blood pressure." American Medical Association.




Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours." Mayo Clinic: "How being black affects your blood pressure." National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure."  WebMD Medical Reference: "High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)," and "How adrenaline regulates blood pressure." American Medical Association.




Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

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