How does the presentation and progression of hypertension (high blood pressure) differ in black patients?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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For black patients, relative to non-Hispanic white persons, hypertension is more common and more severe, develops earlier, results in more clinical sequelae, and is associated with other comorbidities (eg, cardiovascular risk factors). [5] As with all prehypertensive and hypertensive patients, weight and sodium reduction (eg, DASH diet) can be effective for BP control.


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