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African American's are more susceptible to high blood pressure related deaths

African American's are more susceptible to high blood pressure related deaths

New studies by the Annals of Family Medicine show that 8,000 African Americans could be saved every year if doctors could find a way to lower their average blood pressure.

Medical practitioners have known about the increase in blood pressure of black Americans but had no idea the numbers would be as high as 8,000 deaths yearly.

“We expected it to be big, but it was even larger than we anticipated,? said the lead author, Dr. Kevin Fiscella of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Health risks and high blood pressure have always coincided. The results are increased chances of heart disease, stroke, and other serious problems. High blood pressure can usually be regulated through diet, medicine and exercise.

The reasons behind black Americans having higher blood pressure than whites is due to poverty and cultural habits.

Only 30 percent of whites have uncontrolled blood pressure compared to 40 percent of blacks.

Dr. David Satcher said changes need to be made to ensure minority patients get good medical care when they need it.

Sources: Star Tribune “Racial blood-pressure gap to blame for deaths of 8,000 blacks yearly? By Associated Press