The Difference In Hypertension Between African 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.
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Bachhuber et. Al conducted a survey of blacks to determine if they felt as though they have been discriminated against. Out of 248 respondents 8.1% stated that they felt a doctor or medical staff member treated them unfairly because of their race or ethnic background. 13.3% of the respondents believe that they had experienced a time when they would have gotten medical care if they were of a different race. Out of these people who believed they were discriminated against, the vast majority of them utilized public health insurance. Bachhhuber calls for more research into discrimination of those on public healthcare versus private. Until further studies take place it will be impossible to know if sub par care come from a racist staff or a prejudice against those carrying public …show more content…
Aycock et Al. completed a study of 45 African American churches to determine the health services that were offered at churches to assist their parishioners with issues of hypertension. Due to limited resources and access to healthcare in inner city African American populations, organizations that are frequented and trusted by African Americans need to offer the proper screenings and educations. Hypertension rarely produces any noticeable symptoms so the only way to detect and treat individuals with this condition is to screen patients on a regular basis. Further resources are required to educate and implement change in the patient’s life. Only education will lower the deaths from stroke and heart disease in African American

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