High Blood Pressure in African Americans
African Americans are more likely to develop Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window and often have more severe high blood pressure than other groups. They also are more likely to have the condition at an earlier age than others. It is not known why they are at greater risk.
African Americans who are sensitive to salt (Reference sodium Opens New Window), are obese, or smoke are at even higher risk for high blood pressure. As a result, African Americans with these additional risk factors tend to have more organ damage, such as kidney disease, heart attack, and enlargement of the heart, which can lead to Reference heart failure Opens New Window (hypertensive heart disease). Lifestyle changes are especially important in this group.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 12, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology