There is a strong possibility that each of us knows someone with hypertension or, perhaps, you may have it yourself. Hypertension, which occurs when the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated, is also commonly known as high blood pressure. With the recent recall of several drugs that treat hypertension, many African Americans found themselves scrambling to their medicine cabinets to take a closer look at what was inside.
This vast recall also served as a lynchpin moment for understanding how pervasive hypertension is within Black communities. Disproportionately affected, Black people have a higher propensity for being diagnosed with hypertension.
According to research conducted by the American Heart Association, “The prevalence of high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) in African-Americans in the United States is among the highest in the world.
More than 40 percent of non-Hispanic African-American men and women have high blood pressure. For African-Americans, high blood pressure also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.”