National Minority Awareness Month: African Americans and Hypertension

Northwestern Medicine
Cardiology April 10, 2015

More than 40 percent of African American have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. If you're African American, there's a good chance that you, a relative or an African American friend has the disease, which is also known as HBP or hypertension. Not only is HBP more severe in blacks than whites, but it also develops earlier in life.

Dr. Clyde Yancy, chief of cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has a simple message for African Americans during April, which is National Minority Health Awareness Month, know your blood pressure. High blood pressure can be related to kidney disease, stroke and heart disease but there are resources at hospital and in the community to help with high blood pressure. 

Watch Dr. Yancy's video to learn more about why you need to know your numbers and how you can get help. 

Learn more about the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine.

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