December 7, 2016
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THE PRESSURE IS ON FOR EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY AFRICAN AMERICANS

 

 



THE PRESSURE IS ON FOR EVERYONE,
ESPECIALLY AFRICAN AMERICANS

 

 


External Pressures in Life Related to Jobs, Family and Finances Coincide with Neglect of a Critical Internal Pressure - High Blood Pressure (1)

 

External pressures such as stress from jobs, finances, and family care may be leaving little time to focus on internal pressures, such as personal health and high blood pressure. (2) This is of particular concern for African Americans given they are at a higher risk than any other racial or ethnic group suffering from high blood pressure, often termed a "silent killer." (3,4) 
A new national survey of African Americans with high blood pressure showed that:

  • More than half of those surveyed recognize they worry more about their finances than their personal health. (5)
  • About nine out of 10 did not know that they can die from high blood pressure. (6)
  • Almost one-third of those surveyed don't consider their high blood pressure to be a big problem. (7)
These findings reaffirm the critical need for this high risk population to focus their attention on their health and ignite the conversation about high blood pressure within their communities. That's why Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.has collaborated with theAssociation of Black Cardiologists to launch the My Pressure Points campaign along with http://www.mypressurepoints.com/ to bring attention to this important matter, offer information and tips on how to manage high blood pressure and incorporate diet and exercise lifestyle changes. Click the link above to learn:
 
 
 


  • Why these new survey findings are alarming
  • What can be done to change behavior and start the conversation about high blood pressure in the African American community
  • Specific tips for managing high blood pressure and incorporating practical diet and exercise lifestyle changes

 

 



References 
  1. Kelton Research. My Pressure Points Survey. March 2009.
  2. Ibid
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: What Every African American Should Know. http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/mission/partner/african_am ericans.pdf. Accessed April 20, 2009.
  4. American Heart Association: What Is High Blood Pressure? Available at http://www.americanheart.org/downloadable/heart/119 618261762612%20WhatisHBP%209_07.pdf. Accessed February 9, 2009.
  5. Kelton Research. My Pressure Points Survey. March 2009.
  6. Ibid
  7. Ibid

 

 



Lu Ann Sodano
FirstLine Media



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