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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Uncontrollable Risk Factors: Part 3

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Part 3  Race:   An Uncontrollable Risk Factor of High Blood Pressure

Thought has been given about race and its influence on high blood pressure for years. This is not a new theory. It's more than a theory now; it's fact. Race is just one of the uncontrollable risk factors of high blood pressure. African-Americans are more prone to develop high blood pressure than Caucasians. This explains the fact that more African-Americans are also more prone to heart disease.

African-Americans are also twice as likely to develop diabetes because of high blood pressure. African-Americans experience heart failure at higher rates than Caucasians and Hispanics, almost 4.6 cases for every 1,000 yearly. African-Americans" rate was five times higher than Chinese Americans. African-Americans also tend to develop high blood pressure at an earlier age and have higher blood pressure levels. Hispanics are more prone to develop high blood pressure than Caucasians. Other groups who are in danger of heart disease because of high blood pressure include American Indians, Asian Americans, native Hawaiians, and Mexican Americans. These findings include heart failure, not heart attacks. African-Americans" hearts were discovered to contract less powerful than Caucasians, Chinese Americans, and Hispanics. In a 2001 study, non-Hispanic African-Americans had the highest blood pressure levels with multiracial participants scored second highest.

Race is a major factor that can't be changed, but it's important to be aware of the facts. It's wise to know what you're dealing with so you can make necessary choices. With high blood pressure being a contributing factor to heart disease, it's no wonder that more than 83% of those who die from heart disease are 65 years of age or older. It's even been suggested that high blood pressure may result where racism or discrimination occur. Reaction to a racism experience is directly linked to high blood pressure. It may not be surprising, then, that African-Americans are so prone to high blood pressure.

It's interesting to note

These findings are being reconsidered with thought of certain variables. Racial disparities are being considered for the first time since the study was performed. Disease prevention, economics education, environmental factors, and racial barriers are influential variables that must be taken into account for accurate study findings. High blood pressure can happen to anyone, despite age, race, or family history. High blood pressure happens to every one in four Americans.

What's a person to do?

Knowledge is a powerful resource to possess. If you are in a high-risk racial group for high blood pressure, at least you know it. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to your health. Learn as much as you can about high blood pressure and how it relates to your race. Control the risk factors you can and live with the ones you can't.

Look for An Uncontrollable Risk Factor of High Blood Pressure, Family History on 1/29/09.


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