Los Angeles Barbers Bring Blood Pressure Testing To Black Men
The Black barbershop isn’t just the place where generations of boys and men go to get their routine haircuts and shaves. The barbershop is where generations of Black boys and men fellowship, seek counsel, get mentored and come out feeling brand new like crisp money into a world that doesn’t always recognize their worth. Thanks to the vision of one Los Angeles doctor on a mission, the barbershop will soon be a place Black men can also get their lives saved.
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Ronald G. Victor, MD, director of the Hypertension Center in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, was recently awarded an $8.5 million grant for a revolutionary health initiative that will train African-American barbers from 20 LA shops to screen for hypertension.
Commonly referred to as high blood pressure, hypertension can lead to stroke, chronic kidney disease, heart failure and a host of other complications when left undiagnosed or mismanaged.