Why Is Hypertension More Common in African Americans?

Article in the Medscape by Dr. Thomas G Pickering, professor of medicine and co-director of the Behavioral Cardiovascular Health & Hypertension Program at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, cites potential reasons why hypertension is more common in African Americans…

It is well known that hypertension is more common in African Americans than in Caucasians, but the reasons for this remain obscure. The issue revives the old nature-nurture debate: do African Americans have a genetic predisposition that leads to hypertension, or does it have to do with their environment? As one might guess, the answer almost certainly lies somewhere in between….

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