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High Blood Pressure Increases Trips to Hospital for African-Americans

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, may increase your risk of heart disease as well as trips to the hospital, especially if you are African-American. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that African-American women between the ages of 18 and 44 years had over 5 times more trips to the hospital for high blood pressure between 2007 and 2010 than their Caucasian counterparts. This same high trend was also seen in adult men as well.  Therefore, it is suggested that early prevention and diagnosis should be improved in African Americans as well as improved care for those who already have high blood pressure so hospital visits for high blood pressure can be reduced.

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