Disparities in race, gender exist in U.S. hypertension rates

12/30/2013 | HealthDay News · Reuters

Black women are more likely to have high blood pressure levels and to have uncontrolled high blood pressure than their white counterparts, according to a U.S. study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Using data on nearly 70,000 people in southeastern states, researchers found that black women had the highest rate of high blood pressure at 64%, compared with 52% in white women and 51% in both black men and white men. "This study points out that high blood pressure is still a huge problem in this country," said SCAI fellow Dr. Daniel Kolansky of the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. He suggests patients ask their physician, "What is my pressure, is it well enough controlled and is there anything further we should do?"

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