How Just Being Black Affects Your Blood Pressure

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If you’re black, pay special attention to your blood pressure — even if you think you’re healthy.

That’s because high blood pressure (hypertension) affects certain groups of people differently than others. And for black people in the United States, high blood pressure often occurs earlier in life, is more severe and has more complications.

Find out why you may be at greater risk of high blood pressure if you’re black and what steps you can take to protect yourself.