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.
Taylor HA, Clifford GD, Powers ME. Hypertension Disparities: The Hidden Vulnerability of Youth. JAMA Cardiol. 2017;2(6):661–663. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2017.0666
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