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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Flavell

Understanding Hypertension in the African American Community


[30 Second Overview]:

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) disproportionately affects African Americans, often starting at a younger age due to societal stressors and healthcare disparities.

  • To combat hypertension, it's crucial to monitor blood pressure regularly and adopt healthy habits like a balanced diet and regular exercise.

  • Clinical trials offer hope for improved treatment options, emphasizing the importance of discussing participation with healthcare professionals.

What is hypertension?

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a prevalent health concern within the African American community, often manifesting at an earlier age compared to other racial groups. This condition, characterized by elevated pressure in the arteries, poses significant health risks if left unmanaged.

What are the causes of hypertension?

The causes of hypertension in African Americans are multifaceted. While age plays a role, societal factors exacerbate the issue. The stress and emotional toll of racism contribute to elevated blood pressure levels, and disparities in healthcare access and treatment can delay or impede the proper management of hypertension. African Americans may also face challenges in maintaining healthy lifestyles due to limited access to nutritious foods and opportunities for physical activity.

How can I lower my risk of hypertension?

To mitigate the risk of hypertension, take proactive measures like: 

  • Discussing your medical history with family

  • Monitoring your blood pressure regularly

  • Adopting healthy habits like: 

    • Consuming a balanced diet low in salt

    • Moderating alcohol intake

    • Engaging in regular physical activity

Clinical trials offer hope for advancements in hypertension treatment. These studies explore various medications, lifestyle interventions, and the impact of factors like obesity and dietary habits. While considering participation in clinical trials, individuals should consult healthcare professionals and explore resources such as or the Mayo Clinic.

By understanding the complexities of hypertension within the African American community and actively pursuing preventive measures and treatment options, individuals can strive for better cardiovascular health and overall well-being. Join the conversation on OHCEngage

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