With all the pressures of everyday life – particularly in these tough economic times – African Americans as a group are putting little emphasis on their blood pressure and condition of their heart, according to the Association of Black Cardiologists.
In a new, scientific study on the priorities of Black people, nearly two-thirds of those with high blood pressure said they worry more about their jobs and finances than they do about their health.
More than half of those with hypertension, 55 percent, reported being more stressed about their financial situation now than they were a year ago, compared to 28 percent who were feeling more anxiety about their health now than 12 months ago.
And of the 75 percent of African Americans with high blood pressure who were aware of a family history of blood pressure before they were diagnosed, 59 percent did not take any steps to keep their blood pressure down before their own diagnosis.
The study is part of an education campaign, “My Pressure Points,” to encourage Black people to place their blood pressure and cardiovascular health at a higher priority.
As part of the ‘My Pressure Points’ campaign, the Association of Black Cardiologists and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. have unveiled new resources at www.mypressurepoints.com which may help African Americans take a more proactive approach to controlling their blood pressure
African Americans are more likely to develop hypertension any other racial or ethnic group, and often to a more severe extent. High blood pressure is the trigger for heart attacks, stroke, organ failure, kidney disease, and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.