Study Finds Black Women Most Likely to Have High Blood Pressure

Medical Xpress, December 23, 2013

Black women in the United States are much more likely to have high blood pressure than black men or white women and men, according to a new study.

The researchers also found that blacks are twice as likely as whites to have undiagnosed and untreated high blood pressure.


For the study, which was published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, researchers examined data from 70,000 people in 12 southeastern states known as the “stroke belt.” {snip}

The overall rate of high blood pressure among the people in the study was 57 percent, but was higher in blacks (59 percent) than whites (52 percent). The rate among black women was 64 percent, compared with 52 percent in white women and 51 percent in both black and white men.

Among the study participants with high blood pressure, 31 percent of black men were undiagnosed, along with 28 percent of black women, 27 percent of white men and 17 percent of white women. Blacks were twice as likely as whites to have uncontrolled high blood pressure, and men were more likely than women to have uncontrolled high blood pressure.


More than 77 million American adults have high blood pressure, according to the researchers.

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  • JohnEngelman

    High blood pressure is only a social construct.

    • Perhaps it is the intense, non-stop schedule of gossiping and malingering at their make-work, adult-daycare government jobs that drives their blood pressure to such extremes? It might also be the stressful evenings of eating and TV-watching we unfairly demand they perform after their paid hours are over. Then there’s the hectic pace of ignoring their feral children who are out – unsupervised – preying on the public 24/7.

      If they are suffering from hypertension it is high time that we as a society stop demanding so much of black women and reduce our expectations accordingly.

  • mgs166

    An independent study on this subject conducted by myself finds that it should be much, much higher.

    • Max Krakah

      I myself would prefer to see it at “zero”

      • mgs166

        It’s on my Christmas wish list.

  • Max Krakah

    “Black women in the United States are much more likely to have high blood pressure”….. yeah, but were those BP readings taken after a Chuck-E-Cheese C.O.?

  • Max Krakah

    When one goes through this world stealing things and hurting people and, as a result, has to constantly look over ones’ shoulder, then yeah, one has high blood pressure.

  • Alexandra1973

    Yeah, we all know it’s due to institutionalized racism….

  • Spartacus

    They’re also more likely to be as fat as walruses .

    • IstvanIN

      More than walruses.

      • Alexandra1973

        Big enough to block the aisles in the freezer section. I’ve seen ’em.

        • ben no

          But Mexican women could easily compete with black women for obesity. In fact, the two combined makes the North American obesity rate even higher than if it were just whites accounted for.

          • IstvanIN

            How come Hank Johnson isn’t concerned that North America will tip over from all his fat black mammies?

    • Pinniped-Americans will likely be offended at that remark. Walruses also take better care of their offspring than blacks.

  • dd121

    This has been known for decades, so it’s not a big news flash. The only question is: how do we blame it on whites.

    • Rhialto

      Easy! The Black women have to compete with White women for male attention. This causes high levels of anxiety and resentment, which causes high BP. QED

      • dd121


    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I’ve seen liberals blaming whites for blacks’ health problems by saying that institutional racism and white privilege make it more likely for blacks to be in poverty, which causes them additional stress and makes it so they can’t afford to see the doctor, which gives them high blood pressure (or whatever health issue).

  • JDInSanD

    Blacks could never have conceived of a thing called blood pressure or determined its affect on health, let alone figured out how to measure it or lower it. And even in a world where the information is available to them and provided free in the form of government funded medical advice they still do nothing positive to help themselves.

    • CharlesFinley

      Axe one to say, “sphygmomanometer”.

      “Say what?! You CRAZY…dats a blut pressure gauge, foo!”

    • ben no

      But Mexicans, Asians, and other couldn’t have either.

  • Erasmus

    Help stop genocide. Send them back to Africa. Life in America is killing them.

    • kenfrombayside

      Despite trillions spent on them, black people will never be happy here.

  • Anybody want to help me pass out Chili Cheese Fritos and Flamin’ Hot Doritos tonight?

    ~ Santa

  • Massif1

    Black women are more likely to eat everything on the menu at Red Lobster.

    • Red Lobster, for the SEE FOOD lover in you.

  • bigone4u

    Is there ANY problem blacks do not suffer from disproportionately? Crime, low academic achievement, bad physical health, homelessness, mental health issues–the list if complete would be long and astounding. How did evolution create such a worthless, useless life form?

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      They survived fine in Africa. It’s when they were taken out of their native habitat that all the problems occurred.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        Yep, this. They are perfectly suited to survival in Africa. Death rates are high there, which means most of them die before becoming old enough to suffer from things like this, and they compensate for that by having a huge birth rate. They also don’t have access to many processed foods there and must engage in extensive exercise as a matter of necessity.

        But in America, none of this is true, and all of their problems have time to strike.

        Whites are descended from people who carried beneficial genetics that allowed them to survive in a harsh, cold environment. The ones with many ailments died off and are not our ancestors.

    • kenfrombayside

      They are not useless; as long as they squeeze out one useless sprog after another, they are destructive. BTW, I’ve known plenty of people who had a liking for Latinas and Asian women. Eventually, they married them. I’ve yet to encounter any white male who desires black females.

  • ssviking

    Well maybe if they didn’t have chicken grease and malt liquor running through their veins instead of blood

    • ben no

      Accept when they say it, its more like chikenzz and liqua.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    Here is how this works. Black woman or man presents in ER or Trauma with untreated asthma, lethally elevated blood pressure, ditto blood sugar, BMI=obesity range, often morbid.
    Metabolic with renal function panel drawn, results dictate pt receive stat IV antihypertensive, antihyperglycemic. Breathing treatment administered for unchecked asthma.
    Monitored closely while in treatment bay, possibly admitted as hospital inpatient for work-up if values indicate critical renal function deficit, failure possibly imminent, or BP labile, BS remains unstable.
    All systems stabilized as much as possible before discharge.
    D/C instructions: lose weight, discontinue salt, avoid fried and sugar laden foods, take BP RX as ordered. Given asthma inhalers, blood sugar calibrating equipment with instruction on computation insulin dose coverage, directed to consult PMD, or provided with list of internist M.D.s who accept Medicaid patients with HTN, obesity, diabetes.
    Patient heads home without filling RX, first stopping at KFC for a take-out bucket of chicken. Noncompliance in every area ensues, including medications, blood sugar monitoring.
    A month so so later, presents with same scenario playing out.
    All free, never a tuppence remitted by this patient, care facility receives minimal compensation. This is why California hospitals are closing their E.R. and Trauma facilities.
    And blacks/browns have the unmitigated gall to whine they have no medical care access.

  • Anon

    Not important.

    What is important is the 90%+ non-compliance rate within 6 months of being diagnosed with high blood pressure.

    High blood pressure is one of those things difficult to treat with lifestyle change but easily fixed with drugs. All of heart disease is like this. Statin drugs are 100% effective in stopping the progression of those with heart disease (this is new knowledge by the way….only suspected in the past…now proven).

    What to do when YOU, inevitably develop these things, promise to change your habits and then fail like everyone else does. Unless, of course, you are willing to go so far as have your stomach stapled. Then, you will succeed (the only form of obesity treatment that does succeed to any significant degree)…..for ten years. After that…’s not too clear.

    Anyway. You can avoid almost all of the mortality and most of the morbidity by just taking your damn drugs. Amazing. You pop a few pills every morning and you will probably live to 80 or 90 years old before something else kills you. You can even avoid much of that something else if you wisely maintain a healthy lifestyle when you are young and it is easy and then have a cat scan every few years as you crest into your 30s and 40s. At the first sign of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, take your medicines and see a cardiologist regularly. Easy……EASY.

    Not so easy with blacks it seems. What kills them is a refusal to do this. 90%…..that’s insane. I’d say it was suicidal.

    Now…come back with me with data that shows blacks don’t respond to BP medicines or die anyway when they take them and we can talk racial genetics in treatment. This behavior thing, however, is so immense it dwarfs genetics in a big way.

    Another example. I was reading a report by Catholic Charities which is the main intercessor for AIDS in africa. Two things stood out. That despite millions and millions spent to train people to go into the bush and teach people what condoms were and to provide them, compliance, even among the trainees was less than 1%, lol. Many were dying of AIDS. A little lesson to the liberals taking over the catholic church. Condom use is a big no no among catholics but that is changing, alot of it having to do with AIDS. But is that really a good idea? AIDS is not caused by a disease. It’s caused by immorality. An opportunity for a sickness that should not exist because of wicked, anti-life behaviors. The catholics decided they should just give in and tolerate it and try to compensate for it using the white man’s medicine…..the results have been laughable.

    AIDS drugs….oh boy, now we are talking. Take your medicine or die horribly is the choice and flat out AIDS patient has. But, ever since some negro genius figured out you could get high smoking AIDS medicine, almost NONE of it is used to treat AIDS. More and more money is spent to buy them more and more AIDS medicine and still, none of the AIDS patients will take them. They DON’T CARE! Die horribly? OK….just as long as they can get high.

    What good is modern medicine under those conditions. What relevance are questions like, how are blacks biologically different than us. I’m not even sure what the point of the question is. Dogs and cats are different species than white humans….so what. Almost all veterinary medicine comes from human medicine.

    The real question here is if modern medicine isn’t simply wasted on blacks. If they won’t show for appointments, won’t take their medicine, don’t give damn even if they are going to die horribly………

    • Lifestyle change did the BP trick for me. By my 31st birthday, after six years of working for a pack of expletives deleted, my BP was 175/105. Within a year of being arrested by the FBI in 2000, and still held without bond in the Denver County Jail, it was down to 88/48. I didn’t lose weight, take medication or change anything else. Ten years after release and return home, it’s still too low for me to donate blood.

      No: I am not going back to work in the microelectronics industry again. There isn’t enough money in the world to make me do that.

  • ben no

    the spelling is funny lol

  • I always try to take a strong antihystamine if I can plan beforehand. Being nearly asleep seems to help when it comes to dealing with those loud, obnoxious heifers.