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Postgrad Med. 2002 Oct;112(4):24-6, 29-30, 33-4 passim.

Hypertension-related disease in African Americans. Factors underlying disparities in illness and its outcome.

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  • 1Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology, State University of New York Health Science Center, Brooklyn College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA.


African Americans have a higher prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, and renal disease than white Americans. The high rates of diabetes and hypertension in children and of type 2 diabetes, stroke, and CVD in women are particularly striking. In this article, Drs Sowers, Ferdinand, Bakris, and Douglas examine the biologic, social, and genetic factors that contribute to these health disparities, the risk for which appears in early childhood.

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