Hypertension Between European Americans And African Americans

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Recent studies have made health care providers aware of the fact that there is a difference in hypertension between European Americans and African Americans. The question that really has to be answered is why this disparity arises in the United States population. Some believe it is a biological difference between Blacks and whites, while others claim that it stems from a general racism in the medical community, preventing African Americans to receive proper care and education on the subject of hypertension. Regardless of the cause of the disparity, hypertension is associated with shortened life spans, increased incidence of Coronary artery disease, cerebral vascular accidents, diabetes mellitus and other cardiovascular complications.
Incidence in the US
Overall, 6% more African Americans have hypertension than whites. This disparity reaches even greater ranges in inner cities, where almost 15% more blacks are diagnosed with hypertension than whites. Many of the blacks have unregulated hypertension, due to a smaller prevalence of health insurance among minority groups.
Hypertension is associated with many health problems that can lead to death in undiagnosed and unmanaged patients. Cerebral Vascular Accidents(CVA), Myocardial Infartion(MI) and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) are major complications to hypertension. This increases the overall deaths at early ages in populations that go undiagnosed and untreated.
Some articles have claimed that racism on the…

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