Study Finds Race Gap for Hispanics with High BP

Published Online: Wednesday, March 1, 2006

A research study from Columbia University's School of Public Health is the first to examine hypertension in different Hispanic racial subgroups. The results of the study show that black Hispanics in the United States have higher rates of hypertension than white Hispanics.

The study included data on >12,000 Hispanic adults. Overall, US Hispanics have lower rates of high blood pressure (BP) than non-Hispanics (16.8% vs 24.7%). The so-called protective effect of being Hispanic, however, does not carry over to black Hispanics, as noted by the Columbia researchers.

On the whole, blacks had the highest rates of high BP regardless of ethnicity, according to the study. This research is the first step toward a better understanding of the link between race and health.

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