Age-adjusted rates of hypertension declined substantially in whites aged 2074 years between 1976-1980 and 1988-1994 (from 43.9% to 24.4% in men and from 32.1% to 19.3% in women) (National Center for Health Statistics 2000). These rates reflect the total prevalence during each of the 4- to 6-year data collection cycles. However, hypertension rates among Mexican Americans remained essentially the same during the same periods, with a total age-adjusted prevalence rate of 25.2% for men and 22.0% for women in a 1988-1994 survey (National Center for Health Statistics 2000). Latinos are less likely than whites to have their blood pressure under control (Pavlik et al. 1996). Progress toward awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension in Latinos requires increasing attention to community awareness, facilitating access to care for this group, and sensitizing clinicians.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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