Black People With Hypertension Throughout Life Face Higher Risk of Heart Failure

Black People With Hypertension Throughout Life Face Higher Risk of Heart Failure

(The inquiry observed the development of cardiovascular risk factors in children with a family history of hypertension and heart attack.) The investigation showed that compared with white people, Black individuals began to exhibit signs of slightly diminished heart muscle strength and higher blood pressure starting in early childhood—factors linked to an escalated risk of developing congestive heart failure later in life. (Higher sodium levels are known to increase fluid volume inside the blood vessels, which ups blood pressure.) In addition, scientists urged Black parents to take their children to the doctor to get blood pressure checkups beginning in early adolescence. For related coverage, read “Inequity to Blame for Poor Blood Pressure Control Among Black Patients” and “High Blood Pressure Can Accelerate Cognitive Decline No Matter the Age of Onset.”

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