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Invited Commentary
June 2017

Hypertension Disparities: The Hidden Vulnerability of Youth

Author Affiliations
  • 1Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Department of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 3Department of Biomedical Informatics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 4Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 5Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
  • 6Department of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
JAMA Cardiol. 2017;2(6):661-663. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2017.0666

High blood pressure (BP) is one of the most potent and common risk factors for the development of heart disease and stroke.1 While no subpopulation in the United States holds a monopoly on the disorder, the risk of being hypertensive—and experiencing its consequences—falls disproportionately on some groups, namely men and African Americans. When do these disparities in risk arise? In attempting to answer this important question in this issue of JAMA Cardiology, Hardy et al2 want to identify opportunities for timely intervention to stop the onset of hypertension and the wide racial/ethnic and sex disparities in prevalence that emerge over the life course.